A former employee has filed a lawsuit against Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in Los Angeles, alleging the spa treated her harshly after she became pregnant, according to Fox News. Dana Apuzzo claims she enjoyed a fruitful 9-year career with her employer up until she became pregnant.
“I announced my pregnancy to my boss, the CFO of Glen Ivy, [and] she made inappropriate comments about me being pregnant,” Apuzzo told reporters. “I had no option, I wanted to make it work, I wanted my job.”
Apuzzo went on maternity leave, hoping things would improve after she returned and showed she remained a diligent employee. The work environment did not improve.
“It was very difficult, I dealt with [a very] hostile work environment,” said Apuzzo. Another former Glen Ivy employee, Katherine Helock, also claims she was harassed in a similar fashion after she became pregnant in 2010. Helock claims she was passed over for a promotion she was in line for when she left on maternity leave.
“They were working on a new position that would open up more opportunity for me including an increase in pay,” said Helock. “I was passed up for that promotion or even [having] a chance at it because I was on maternity leave.”
There appears to be a systematically discriminatory culture at Glen Ivy, and management must be held accountable. Pregnancy discrimination is illegal as well as a violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If you have experienced anything similar to this at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our firm today for a free consultation.
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