A general merchandise manager for Albertson's has filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the grocery chain for failing to accommodate her need for light duty during her high-risk pregnancy. According the lawsuit, the 30-year-old woman requested accommodations in writing three times, only to be ignored by her superiors.
Pregnant workers who request temporary accommodations are still being put on unpaid leave or fired prior to childbirth, according to a report recently released from the National Women's Law Center and A Better Balance. The requests for accommodation that are triggering employers to wrongfully terminate pregnant workers are somewhat shocking in how simply the requests could be met without firing the employee, such as additional bathroom breaks, the ability to drink water throughout a shift or simply to sit rather than stand while working.
After being put on bedrest in February because of a high-risk pregnancy and not scheduled to deliver until October, Ana Fuentes Sanchez was granted leave under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL). After being off work for 19 weeks - which included the four months under the PDLL and any accrued sick and vacation time - Swissport fired Sanchez for failing to return to work.