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Judge denies motion to dismiss pregnancy discrimination lawsuit

On Behalf of | Jan 27, 2022 | Workplace Discrimination |

A California judge has ruled that a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman who claims that she was treated harshly and ultimately fired simply because she got pregnant should proceed to trial. The woman, who accepted a position as a UCLA assistant dean in 2018, was terminated just five months after giving birth to her child. She alleges that her dismissal was the final act in a pattern of discrimination that began in January 2019 when she told her supervisors that she was pregnant.

Trivializing child care

When he denied the university’s motion to dismiss, the judge wrote in his ruling that a UCLA vice provost had trivialized child care by comparing the responsibility to taking care of a sick pet dog. The woman claims in her lawsuit that the same vice provost complained when she asked to leave work early due to a pregnancy-related illness and continued to pack her schedule with events even in the days leading up to her delivery date.

12 days of travel

The woman alleges in her workplace discrimination lawsuit that she was given a schedule that required 12 consecutive days of travel even though she had told the university that her pregnancy was considered high risk. When she asked for time off to recover from all of the travel, the woman says that she was told that her request would likely be denied because of her upcoming maternity leave.

Keeping accurate records

Cases like this one often hinge on whether or not the plaintiff can establish a firm timeline of events. This is why it is crucial for employees to keep detailed and accurate records of all encounters with supervisors or coworkers that lead to discriminatory language or behavior. They should also retain copies of company emails and documents that contain inappropriate or demeaning language.