A South Jersey woman is accusing a nursing home for terminating her after her second day of work when she informed her employer that she was pregnant. The woman filed a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights (NJDCR) after her manager said she was a liability due to her pregnancy and sent her home. Fortunately, the state Attorney General’s office has found probable cause that the nursing home violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws. While the case is not over, the state determined there is reasonable suspicion that discrimination laws were violated. The state’s anti-discrimination law was specifically extended in 2014 to include pregnant women.
Texts and Snapchat
The employee was able to back up her allegations via text messages from nursing home employees. According to a statement, a Snapchat conversation with the employee who had given her a work schedule included the worker’s comment that he was told she had been terminated because of her pregnancy. Other text messages by another employee that were given to investigators also claimed she was fired due to pregnancy.
The care facility claims the employee was fired because she was late to work, but they could not provide the NJDCR with any proof. The employee only had the job for two days, and the nursing home operators provided no evidence that she failed to report to work when she was scheduled, nor that they had attempted to contact her about where she was.
Possible Outcomes and Penalties
The next steps include scheduling a conference between the employee and the company representatives to see if they can reach a settlement. If that does not occur, the case is heard before a judge in a trial. Depending on the decision, the nursing home may have to reinstate the employee, who was fired in July 2017. The state can also force the nursing home to pay financial penalties. There are various laws that protect pregnant employees, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, which is specifically for New Jersey employees.
Cherry Hill Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Help Clients Facing Pregnancy Discrimination
If you or a loved one has been discriminated against by your employer because of pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, you need the services of the experienced Cherry Hill employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Our lawyers are well versed in pregnancy discrimination and employment law and will fight for your rights. Call us today at 215-569-1999 for a free case assessment or contact us online. Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey.