A North Carolina has filed a
pregnancy discrimination case after her boss failed to give her shifts following a request for
lighter duties. According to the complaint, the 27-year-old certified
nursing assistant was instructed by her doctor to stop lifting patients
at the nursing home where she worked.
However, instead of getting the lights duties she requested, she was no
longer given any work. The woman claims that as a result, she had difficulty
paying her bills, including her mortgage and car payment.
This case is similar to
Young v. United Parcel Service, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court and could potentially
affect millions of working women across the United States. At issue –
whether federal anti-discrimination laws provide enough protection during
pregnancy, and whether employers must provide work place accommodations
for pregnant workers.
Currently, the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act guarantees pregnant employees
similar protections as other employees with short-term disability.
The North Carolina woman is seeking back wages and compensation and her
complaint with the EEOC is pending.
In 40% of households with children, the mother is the family breadwinner.
For more information about pregnancy discrimination, or if you believe
that you have suffered any form of discrimination at work, please contact
the dedicated and experienced
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.