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Texas woman alleges discrimination after second pregnancy

While pregnancy can be a trying time for most women, it is also a beautiful and celebratory time. Having a child completes a married couple's dream of having a family. What pregnancy is not supposed to be is a nightmare -- and if a Texas woman's discrimination lawsuit is true, her employer will be guilty of treating the woman in an illegal manner after she found out she was pregnant for the second time in two years.

The woman told her supervisor at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that she was pregnant in January 2010. Hey maternity leave ended in October of that year -- and six months later, she was pregnant again. On the day she informed her employees of her second pregnancy, the organization said she had caused a "hostile work environment" and that a supervisor accepted her resignation -- even though she never agreed to such a resignation.

She filed a discrimination lawsuit on two grounds: race and her pregnancy. The woman says that her employers let her "resign" because she complained about the discrimination. She is seeking back and front pay for the apparent discrimination and seemingly wrongful termination, in addition to awards related to compensatory damages and most, if not all, lawsuit-related costs.

If her allegations are true, the actions of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are highly illegal. There is a wide range of civil rights that protect employees from being discriminated against for a variety of reasons. From age to race to even pregnancy, employers cannot terminate someone on a discriminatory basis.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "State employee files pregnancy discrimination lawsuit," Michelle Keahey, June 6, 2012

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