According to a federal complaint filed by a former employee, Wal-Mart continues to discriminate against pregnant workers despite making changes to employment policies to provide “reasonable accommodations”.
The federal complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month. It alleges that a worker named Candis Riggins asked to be removed from bathroom cleaning duty during her pregnancy, because the cleaning supplies contained toxic chemicals. However, the requests were allegedly denied.
“I was forced to choose between a healthy pregnancy and my paycheck. No pregnant worker should have to make that decision,” Riggins said in a press release, according to ThinkProgress.org.
The complaint alleges that Wal-Mart violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). A spokesperson for the company said that it is investigating the complaint. “Our pregnancy policy is best in class and goes beyond most federal and state laws,” the representative said.
The pregnancy policy was adopted after a different complaint accused the company of laying off another worker three months before her baby was born, after she was instructed by her doctor not to lift more than 25 pounds and to stay off ladders.
Can I File a Lawsuit If I Am Subjected to Pregnancy Discrimination at Work?
As we have been reporting recently in our blogs, there have been numerous stories in the news about pregnancy discrimination, as the Supreme Court is taking up the case of a former UPS driver who said the company would not accommodate her.
Remember, you should speak to our employment attorneys if you have been subjected to discrimination at the workplace because of your pregnancy. Pay attention to whether or not your employer is offering you accommodations and make sure they are adhering to policies. Keep in mind, if an employee is unable to perform her job due to a pregnancy, an employer must treat her like a temporarily disabled employee.
Share your story on our Facebook page. We can assist you in matters of pregnancy discrimination litigation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys