Last week, the Sacramento Bee had an interesting story about a woman who claimed that she faced pregnancy discrimination while employed by the grocery chain Raley’s.
According to the newspaper, in June 2013, Luciana Borrego informed her managers that she was pregnant, later bringing in a note from her physician indicated that she could not lift more than 10 pounds. However, after she brought in the note, Borrego claims that the store’s director told her that she would have to take an unpaid leave.
“I was told I would have to go home because, even though I had a doctor’s note, they don’t accommodate pregnant people,” Borrego said, according to the Bee. She never returned to work following the leave. She gave birth to her son that November.
Borrego is now one of two plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit against Raley’s over pregnancy discrimination allegations. Her lawsuit accused the chain of “refusing to offer accommodations to pregnant workers, while making reasonable accommodations for workers who are injured on the job.”
The chain has denied the allegations. A second plaintiff, age 19, said she worked for three years at a store before she became pregnant. When she broke the news to her managers, she claims that they denied her requests to wear a mask while working with cleaning chemicals.
Need to Speak to Someone About Pregnancy Discrimination?
As we have reported on our labor blog several times, allegations of pregnancy discrimination are taken very seriously by courts. Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), employers are required to treat pregnant employees the same as non-pregnant employees.
If your legal rights have been violated, it may be a good idea to speak to an attorney about litigation. You may be able to seek damages, as well as back pay based on any time you may have missed on the job.
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Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys