I am having continued issues with my employer. Is this a valid pregnancy discrimination case and what can we do? Fee shifting?

Asked about 1 year ago - Chicopee, MA

This is actually a follow-up to an original Q, as the situation has grown even worse. I'm an "independent contractor" in writing only. I told my boss at the beginning of the month that I'm pregnant & will be leaving at the end of the summer. She then sent an email to my husband's boss at a different company informing them of my pregnancy & expressing concern that he will be unable to fulfill his duties now that he is an expectant father which has resulted in decreased hours. Yesterday, she terminated my position almost a month ahead of my scheduled leave date & is becoming increasingly nasty in her communication with me. I have stellar job reviews & emails praising my performance. I believe she is acting in a punitive, & discriminatory manner due to my pregnancy & causing hardship on us.

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Erik Hammarlund

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . If you're an independent contractor in writing only, you probably have a valuable wage claim. Also, it sounds like you probably have a pregnancy discrimination claim. That said, it is difficult to say for sure from a single vague Internet post.

    You should contact an attorney ASAP, while the evidence and testimony are still fresh in your mind.

    Do you want accurate, personalized, legal advice that you can rely on? You will have to hire an attorney, not ask... more
  2. Thomas J Callahan

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I think there is something here, especially since she incredibly took it upon herself to call your husband's employer. Consult a local attorney and/or Mass. Commission Against Discrimination.

    To questioners from West Virginia & New York: Although I am licensed to practice in your state, I practice on a... more
  3. Lauren Craig Redmond

    Contributor Level 16


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . It does sound like you have a discrimination claim based on your pregnancy, and a wage claim as well. You should consult with an attorney who does discrimination in the workplace, as well as wage & hour cases. I'd be happy to provide you with a free consultation to determine exactly what viable claims you may have.

    Congratulations on your impending motherhood.

    Attorney Lauren Craig Redmond ~ 617.953.6116 ~ No attorney/client relationship is established or implied by any... more
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