pregnancy discrimination

Catholic Teacher Fired After Getting Pregnant Awarded $171,000

A jury found that an Ohio archdiocese discriminated against a teacher who was fired after... Read More »

Fearful Women Shun Maternity Leave, Study Reveals

Fearful Women Shun Maternity Leave, Study Reveals

America is the only modern, industrialized country that does not offer paid maternity leave to new mothers. And in the U.S., 51 percent of new mothers lack paid leave from their employers. Now, a new study finds that many of those women who do have maternity leave from employers aren't using it in full. The... Read More »

Pregnant T-Mobile Worker Had To 'Clock Out' To Go To Bathroom

Pregnant T-Mobile Worker Had To 'Clock Out' To Go To Bathroom

Kristi Rifkin had been working at T-Mobile Call Center in Nashville for four years when she got pregnant with her third child. She says that she loved her job. "I had a great run," Rifkin, 40, told ABC News. "I was making bonus. T-Mobile was good to me. I never had a problem getting a schedule I wanted. I... Read More »

'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran's $8.5 Million Award Overturned

'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran's $8.5 Million Award Overturned

A judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former "Price is Right" model in a pregnancy discrimination case and ruled a new trial is necessary. Judge Kevin Brazile ruled Tuesday that he didn't properly instruct the jury that ultimately came to a 9-3 decision in Brandi Cochran's favor last year,... Read More »

Fired For Premarital Sex?

Fired For Premarital Sex?

Religious and reproductive rights have been going head to head in recent months, and a 29-year-old San Diego woman is the latest to land in the crossfire. Teri James claims that her former employer, a Christian college, fired her for getting pregnant outside of marriage, in violation of church values. And now... Read More »

Oprah's OWN Hit With Sex And Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Oprah's OWN Hit With Sex And Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Pregnancy discrimination complaints have been soaring in recent years, but still, the sex discrimination lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey's cable network was stunning. Carolyn Hommel, a former senior director of scheduling and acquisitions at OWN, alleges that OWN committed "acts of oppression, fraud or malice,"... Read More »

Brandi Cochran, 'Price Is Right' Model, Awarded $777,000 In Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Brandi Cochran, 'Price Is Right' Model, Awarded $777,000 In Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

LOS ANGELES -- Jurors awarded nearly $777,000 Tuesday to a former "The Price is Right" model who claimed that she was discriminated against by producers because of her pregnancy. Brandi Cochran, 41, said she was rejected by the game show's producers when she tried to return to work in early 2010 after taking... Read More »

'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran Fired For Pregnancy, Jury Hears

'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran Fired For Pregnancy, Jury Hears

Officially, it's illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant workers, but in practice, pregnancy discrimination is common, according to the Employment Opportunity Commission statistics. Brandi Cochran, a model on "The Price Is Right" game show from 2002 to 2008, claims that she is part of this... Read More »

Doctor Demanded Receptionist Have Abortion For Sake Of His 'Image,' Lawsuit Claims

Doctor Demanded Receptionist Have Abortion For Sake Of His 'Image,' Lawsuit Claims

It's illegal in this country to discriminate against a pregnant woman, and that includes telling a pregnant woman that she has to get an abortion to keep her job. But a doctor's receptionist claims that happened when she got pregnant early last year. When she refused to have the abortion, according to her... Read More »

Fired For Not Getting An Abortion?

Fired For Not Getting An Abortion?

Four months after Abigail Shomo started waiting tables at a Mexican restaurant in Fairlawn, Va., she got pregnant. The father, she claims, was her 17-year-old boss. His dad was the president of the restaurant company, and wasn't particularly pleased, according to Shomo, who was 20 at the time. He allegedly... Read More »

Former Casino Waitresses Sue, Claiming They Were Fired For Getting Pregnant

Former Casino Waitresses Sue, Claiming They Were Fired For Getting Pregnant

If the uniform doesn't fit, must you quit? That's a policy that two former cocktail waitresses are challenging, saying in a lawsuit that a Philadelphia-area casino illegally discriminated against them for becoming pregnant. The women, Alycia Campiglia, 27, and Christina Aicher, 31, both became pregnant in... Read More »

Hotel Worker Allegedly Fired For Saying 'Bye-Bye,' Sues For Pregnancy Discrimination

Hotel Worker Allegedly Fired For Saying 'Bye-Bye,' Sues For Pregnancy Discrimination

Melodee Megia was fired from her job at a luxury Las Vegas resort casino in September 2011, allegedly for saying "bye-bye" on the phone instead of "goodbye." But after enduring months of jokes and insults about her pregnancy, the eight-months-along Megia had her suspicions. The new mother has now filed a... Read More »

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

As a driver for UPS, Peggy Young sometimes had to lift up to 70 pounds on the job. When she got pregnant, her doctor said that probably wasn't a good idea and Young should stick to packages 20 pounds or less. Even though UPS routinely assigns "light duty" to injured or disabled employees, it put Young on unpaid... Read More »

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