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Fired while pregnant

Hello. i worked for a place from 830am to 200pm.
Single mother and those are the hours my child is in
school. I told my boss I was pregnant. One week
later I had a requested day off for my very first
ultrasound, he texted me and fired me that very day.
He said ‘if you can’t give us more hours then you
have to be done’ and when I told him I’m doing all
that I can he said ‘yesterday was your last day’ I
worked here for over a year. I gave him plenty of
notice on my pregnancy to find someone to replace
me. My hours went from full time to part time when
the school year started and arrangements with my
autistic son changed. My boss was also the uncle of
my sons father. The hours didn’t seem to be an issue
until I told him a am pregnant about a week before
this all happened. Is this illegal? The company had a
total of 5 employees at the time. I’m in Ohio.

Asked on November 9, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is illegal to discriminate against (e.g. fire) a woman due to pregnancy: since only women become pregnant, to take action due to pregnancy is effectively to take action against someone because she is a woman, which is illegal. You describe a situation where, without other seeming reason or cause, action was taken against you when you told your employer you were pregannt; on the face of this, this seems to therefore be illegal sex-based discrimination. You shold contact your state's equal/civil rights agency and/or the federal EEOC to discuss the matter and possibly file a discrimination complaint; you may be entitled to compensation.


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