Discrimination appears in many varieties and forms in Florida workplaces. Some types of workplace discrimination involve age, while others involve race, and still others involve sex. One very common variety of gender discrimination involves claims of discrimination against women who are pregnant. It is not all that uncommon for a pregnant worker to lose her job shortly after she advises her employer of the pregnancy. This is unlawful, and pregnant women who are discriminated against at work can seek justice by filing an employment law claim.
Recently, a woman brought her employment law case all the way to the Florida Supreme Court to fight for her rights. Her former employer chose to terminate her after she returned to work from maternity leave. She decided to sue her employer for wrongful termination and discrimination by citing Florida’s discrimination statute. However, a lower court initially dismissed her claims without letting her argue her case, which is why she sought to bring the action before the state’s Supreme Court.
In pursuing her case, the woman hopes to bring more attention to the plight of the many pregnant women who have been subjected to the same kind of treatment. The woman says she believes that possibly 100 different women have been discriminated against and lost their jobs because they were pregnant, but they just do not know how to go about seeking justice. She hopes her case will help these women.
If this woman is successful in her appeal, the lower court’s decision to dismiss the case may be reversed, requiring that her case be considered on the merits.. It is not unheard of for a lower Florida court to err, though it remains to be seen if that will be the outcome of this discrimination claim. This system of legal checks and balances helps keeps the court system as fair and just as possible for all parties appearing before a Florida court…
Source: flanews.com, Pregnancy Discrimination at Supreme Court, Mike Vasilinda, Nov. 7, 2013