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Kanawha County woman sues employer for gender discrimination

A woman from Kanawha County is suing her former employer after the company allegedly made discriminatory statements to the woman and refused to accommodate her and keep her pregnancy confidential, later resulting in the woman leaving the company because of a hostile work environment.

The woman was told that she was hired in December 2011 instead of October of that year because the supervisor said he wasn't able to hire women at that time. During the summer of 2012 the woman experienced harassment and discrimination when her supervisor disclosed to other employees that she was pregnant, instead of keeping her pregnancy confidential as she had asked.

When she wanted to continue working as long as medically possible, she said her supervisor told her she couldn't work the night shift, and was being laid off because of her pregnancy. After returning to work, the woman said her employer refused to allow her to express breast milk at work with a reasonable accommodation.

This case demonstrates how some companies may try to intimidate workers, and might discriminate based on a person's medical status or gender. Whether the discrimination is taking place because of a poor work culture or just because of one supervisor that is uninformed about employment law, it is still not okay to discriminate against a person.

This action can make a person feel they have no other choice but to quit, which is what the woman in this case said happened to her. Speaking with a Kanawha County employment law attorney might be a wise decision for anyone facing harassment or discrimination in the workplace.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Woman sues Security Group Services for gender discrimination," Kyla Asbury, Nov. 13, 2013

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