A former Los Angeles bartender is suing The Kings’ Head Pub in Studio City for pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination after being told she was dressing “too Midwest conservative,” and subsequently being fired. Amanda Lambert filed a lawsuit on October 8 claiming her former supervisor fired her because she was pregnant and inflicted negligent emotional distress onto her after criticizing the way she dressed.
Lambert alleges in the lawsuit that one month after she learned she was pregnant, her manager Kevin Willis told her the owners of Kings’ Head Pub did not like her. A month later, Lambert was called into a meeting via a text message from Willis that said “I just don’t know if it’s going to work out here … you’d be a better server and have only one shift, but you told me you can’t overdo carrying trays and food.” During the meetings, Willis and the pub owners expressed their unhappiness with the way she dressed, as “too Midwest conservative.” Lambert claims during her employment that she preferred to wear pants, while the other bartenders often wore shorts. Lambert was then fired during the meeting.
The pub’s current manager, Greg Schultz, claims no one at the pub knew that Lambert was pregnant and that she kept it a secret. Willis was fired shortly after Lambert was let go.
Lambert is seeking unspecified damages for pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination and failure to prevent discrimination.
Pregnancy discrimination is illegal under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which mandates that women who are affected by pregnancy, childbirth or any related medical conditions must be treated equally for all employment-related purposes. The PDA also requires that discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions be considered discrimination due to sex. If an employee is fired for being pregnant, it may be considered both discrimination and wrongful termination.
Our labor law attorneys can help you decide if you have been discriminated against in the workplace. If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated due to pregnancy or other discrimination, contact our Los Angeles discrimination attorneys at (310) 273-3180.
Did You Know: An employer cannot refuse to hire a pregnant woman as long as she is able to perform the major functions of her job.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys