Wow. That truly is unbelievable. Talk to an employment law attorney.
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Here is a sample case.....
From a news report
"The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that it filed a discrimination lawsuit against Olam Americas, Inc. and its two subsidiaries for refusing to hire a pregnant applicant into an executive assistant position at its Fresno, Calif. facility. Olam Americas, Inc. is a leading supplier and processor of agricultural products and food ingredients.
Executive management at Olam seemed initially impressed by the job seeker, extending an offer of employment to her in December 2010, according to the EEOC. That sentiment changed rather dramatically after the applicant disclosed that she was pregnant. Within days of disclosure, the offer was rescinded and an alternate, non-pregnant candidate was selected, contends EEOC.
The EEOC filed suit against Olam in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, arguing that the actions were a form of gender discrimination that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (EEOC v. Olam America, Inc., Olam West Coast d/b/a Olam Spices and Vegetables, and Olam Tomato Processors, Inc., Case No. 11-cv-01548-LJO -DLB). The EEOC’s suit seeks backpay, compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of the applicant along with injunctive relief intended to prevent further instances of discrimination at Olam."
Wow. This is pretty blatant pregnancy discrimination. I would immediately contact a local employment attorney. Don't be surprised if the manager later denies telling you he couldn't hire you because of your pregnancy, but this is a clear violation of the law. There was a similar case here involving a fast food restaurant in Arizona. The EEOC filed suit against the employer and won. Good luck to you.
Telling an employee they cannot hire you because you are pregnant absolutely violates the law. You can file a charge for pregnancy or gender discrimination either with the Illinois Dept of Human Rights, or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I would suggest first consulting with an Illinois employment law attorney before filing the charge so the attorney can either file the charge for you or send a demand letter to the employer.