There are various types of discrimination that may be found in a workplace. In astate outside of West Virginia, a woman recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging that she was a victim of pregnancy and gender discrimination. The claim alleges a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which includes the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The woman was an employee of a hospital for over five years. She was most recently a neurophysiology technician, requiring her to travel to and from hospitals. She asserts that she always received positive evaluations concerning her work performance -- up until the time, in Sept. 2014, she informed her supervisor that she had conceived.
Reportedly, as soon as she notified her employer of her pregnancy, she was treated differently. She claims that she was not permitted to take breaks to use the restroom, and her co-workers voiced concerns regarding her maternity leave and her plans after she had the baby. The woman asserts that she was fired on Oct. 27 for arriving late for her shift two weeks prior, as well as for playing solitaire on her cell phone during work hours. She claims that employees who were not pregnant and arrived late only received written warnings. She denies she used her phone to play games and notes that, even if she did, other employees only received verbal reprimands for similar conduct.
The woman alleges that she was humiliated and suffered inconvenience and mental distress. She also lost medical benefits and wages from employment. She seeks reinstatement of her position at the hospital, front pay, lost wages, lost benefits, punitive damages and compensatory damages. These are similar damages that a person here in West Virginia could seek with regard to claims of gender discrimination or another type of wrongful termination.
Source: pennrecord.com, "Pregnant technician alleges wrongful termination", Kasey Schefflin-emrich, July 7, 2015