There are hundreds of reasons why a West Virginia business might legitimately choose to fire an employee. No one expects an employer to retain an employee who is untrustworthy and fails to fulfill his or her job responsibilities. However, there are federal and state laws that protect employees from discrimination. If an employee has been fired unjustly, he or she could file a civil suit in response. One out-of-state woman has done so after claiming she was fired for her age and having a baby.
The woman had been an employee of Abercrombie & Fitch for approximately nine years when she went on maternity leave. Two months into her leave, she claims she was contacted by a company representative who said that the company was consolidating and her position had been eliminated. Although she says she offered to move or accept a demotion, she was denied.
The former employee feels that she was actually terminated because her age and motherhood did not fit with the image the company is known for projecting. She says that instead of eliminating her position as district manager, a younger, more attractive employee was promoted to it. Additionally, she asserts that she is the only person in her position in her area who has children. In her lawsuit, she is requesting damages and reinstatement.
For this woman, what should have been a time of bonding with her newborn child turned into stress over finances because she claims she was fired unjustly. Fortunately, federal law protects people from being fired due to a pregnancy or age. Those in West Virginia who have been the victim of similar treatment also have the right to seek legal recourse in a civil court. In addition to possibly receiving damages and reinstatement, litigation could prevent the company from behaving in a similar manner in the future.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Only On 2: Ex-Abercrombie Employee Says She Was Terminated For Pregnancy, Age", , Sept. 12, 2014