What can I do if I’m pregnant and was hospitalized due to pre-term labor pains so I couldnt report to work and my boss fired me?

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What can I do if I’m pregnant and was hospitalized due to pre-term labor pains so I couldnt report to work and my boss fired me?

I brought him my doctor’s note.

Asked on November 30, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You may have a claim for sex-based employment discrimination. Employers may not discriminate against women in employment; this has been held to include not discriminating against them on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth. From what you write, the employer may in fact have discriminated against you by firing you; it may be worthwhile for  you to consult with an employment attorney, who can evaluate the facts of the situation in detail (the exact circumstances are always critical to cases of alleged discrimination).


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