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ECBA Files Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Woman Fired Because She Was Pregnant

Emery Celli Brinkerhoff & Abady and A Better Balance, a national legal advocacy organization, today filed a charge with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that Savers, a company that operates hundreds of retail stores nationwide, fired Betzaida Cruz Cardona because she was pregnant. The charge alleges that Savers fired Ms. Cruz, a cashier in the company’s Henrietta, New York store, just days after she announced her pregnancy and on the same day that she brought in a doctor’s note stating that she could not lift over 25 pounds due to her pregnancy. Savers terminated her even though Ms. Cruz never did heavy lifting in the store, and lifting was not part of her job description. According to the charge, Savers’ actions violate federal and state pregnancy and disability anti-discrimination laws. The charge also alleges that Savers, and its subsidiaries, have engaged in a pattern and practice of pregnancy discrimination. Ms. Cruz is represented by ECBA attorney Elizabeth S. Saylor and A Better Balance attorneys Dina Bakst and Jake McDonald.

To read a copy of the charge click here. To read the press release click here. A New York Times article concerning a prior pregnancy discrimination case against Savers is available  here. To read Democrat and Chronicle’s coverage click here and  here. To read Think Progress’ coverage click here.

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Andrew Wilson publishes article “EO Prohibits Gender-Identity and Sexual-Orientation Discrimination,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Civil Rights

To read “EO Prohibits Gender-Identity and Sexual-Orientation Discrimination,” please click here.

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