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Foster Farms Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

July 12, 2010

In recent news, Foster Farms, the poultry producer and reportedly one of the country's largest private employers, was sued by a former employee for pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination. As our California employment attorneys reported in a previous blog, pregnancy discrimination is one of the fastest growing forms of discrimination in the workplace, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, Sara Supple a former full-time associate programmer analyst for manufacturing, claims that after going to the Human Resources department on May 5, to obtain benefit information for pregnancy within the company, she was told by officials in the HR office to come back at a later date, when her pregnancy had progressed.

Supple claims that a few hours after her meeting with the HR representative to discuss her pregnancy, she was brought back into the HR office, where the same representative from HR and her immediate manager confronted her about time card violations that she had no prior knowledge of. She was suspended from her job immediately until they investigated the issue further.

On May 11, Supple was brought back into work and told that her employment with Foster Farms was terminated based on the information that they revealed during the investigation. According to Supple, she never received a warning for any time card issues. She believes that after telling the HR representative that she was pregnant, she was accused of made up time card violations, and was subsequently never given the chance to defend herself against the allegations, as her employment was immediately terminated.

Supple is looking for compensation for lost wages from the day of termination until the she can find new employment, as well as interest on lost wages, and punitive damages, if her wrongful termination is proven to be a result of pregnancy discrimination.

Howard Law, PC protects worker's rights in pregnancy discrimination cases and other labor and employment issues in Los Angeles County, Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact us today.

Worker Sues Foster Farms Over Her Firing, Merced Sun-Star, July 9, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

Facts About Pregnancy Discrimination, EEOC

Pregnancy Discrimination, EEOC