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Woman claims she was mistreated and fired due to her pregnancy

Some Florida readers may be aware of Pizzo Contracting in another state that is also known by the name of Carl's Fencing, Decking and Home Improvements. The husband and wife who own the company are being taken to court for allegedly discriminating against a pregnant employee. The woman believes she was subjected to mistreatment and retaliation as well as being terminated due to her pregnancy.

During the plaintiff's interview to be hired as a marketing coordinator, she was purportedly asked questions that probed into whether or not she had children and if it would be difficult for her to find daycare. A few months later, the plaintiff did become pregnant, and apparently her salary was cut in half. She also claims that the wife made comments about her appearance and questioned why she was coming to work without makeup and her hair not being styled.

The woman also alleges that the wife told her that she was making mistakes caused by her pregnancy, which was captured on a recording. The plaintiff had her son prematurely, which required him being kept in the hospital When she returned to work, she was demoted to a part-time position of answering phones. Once her infant son was ready to be released from the hospital, she claims she gave a month notice that she would be taking 6 weeks of leave under the FMLA.

During her leave, the plaintiff claims she was called by the husband asking her if she could work part time. The couple allegedly would not tell the plaintiff if she had a job upon her return, and she was eventually fired. She filed a pregnancy discrimination claims against her former employers for retaliating against her and the way in which she was treated. Female Florida workers who believe that they have been victimized because they are pregnant may considering filing claims against their employers for discrimination. In successfully navigated claims, they may be awarded lost wages and monetary damages as well as any other financial relief awarded by the court

Source: patch.com, "Berkeley Woman Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against Toms River Company", Karen Wall, July 25, 2015

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