I suggest you speak with an attorney who handles employment law cases.
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You should consult in person with an employment lawyer. The facts as you describe sound suspicious.
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I have handled several similar cases. The circumstances certainly make out a circumstantial case of Pregnancy discrimination. Hopefully your prior reviews and positive feedback are in writing and you have a copy. To defeat a claim the Employer would need to come forward and show that it had made the decision for legitimate and non-discriminatory reasons. Given the bad timing, the only way I can really see this occurring is if they can show internal emails or communications, which pre-date your pregnancy announcement, and which show the intent to lay you off for budgetary reasons.
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The facts you have described seem to suggest pregnancy discrimination, but it largely depends on whether the company will be able to prove it really had another reason to terminate your employment. Even if the company is making budget cuts, it cannot chose to eliminate your job based on the fact that you are pregnant. But I highly recommend you talk to an employment lawyer who can more fully evaluate your potential case.
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It is certainly peculiar that you would lose your job after announcing that you were pregnant. It would be important to know other details such as whether anyone else was laid off due to "budget cuts". Details are very important in these types of claims. You should contact an employment discrimination attorney to discuss your possible claim.
How many others were laid off as well?
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