Discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace is an ongoing problem that often has to be addressed in a legal capacity to facilitate change for the better. In addition to achieving justice for themselves, pregnant women who speak up about discrimination also help protect other women who could face a similar situation.
A former ticket sales executive with the New York Mets has brought a lawsuit against the organization, alleging that the team’s chief operating officer humiliated her on numerous occasions because she was pregnant and single. According to the complaint, the COO said that he was “morally opposed” to the woman “having this baby without being married.”
As is standard in workplaces throughout the country, the woman first took her complaint to the organization’s human resources department. After that, in August 2014, she was fired based on the COO’s “discriminatory views,” according to the lawsuit.
The suit also alleges that the COO teased the woman in front of senior executives, all male, about her not having an engagement ring. The COO allegedly suggested that she would be paid more if she married her boyfriend.
The woman began working for the Mets in December 2010, and she received raises and bonuses over the course of her employment. Bonuses and raises, however, do not make workplace discrimination permissible.
No matter what industry you work in, sexual discrimination is illegal. If you have been mistreated based on your gender or pregnancy status, then know that you are not alone. There are legal advocates on your side who can help you stop discrimination in the workplace.
Source: Reuters, “Former New York Mets female ticketing executive sues team over discrimination,” Eric M. Johnson, Sept. 11, 2014