Woman Wins $500K Suit Against Chipotle After She Was Fired For Being Pregnant

Is it really so difficult for big companies to make accommodations for pregnant women? I’m asking honestly becausethis womanhad to sue Chipotle for discriminationafter her manager fired her over her pregnancy.

Seriously, my blood just boils every time I hear about this nonsense. Roughly half of the population can getpregnant at some point, so let’s all get on board with accommodations as a society. Anything less is absurd.

All The Ways Your Employer Cannot Discriminate Against You

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a government agency that protects civil rights in the workplace. People in the US have certain rights against discrimination and the EEOC focuses on those rights as they apply tohiring and firing and general employment practices.

To protect people’s rights, there’s a whole set of federal equal employment opportunity laws that make sure people aren’t getting fired based on arbitrary qualities.

According to the EEOC, it is illegal to be fired (or not hired) based on any of the following characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Equal Pay/Compensation
  • Genetic Information
  • Harassment
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race/Color
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex
  • Sexual Harassment

In other words, competency is key. If you can do the job, you get to keep the job and cannot be fired no matter your race, sex, family status, age etc…

OK, no more rants; back to the story.

According to theWashington Business Journal,Doris Garcia Hernandezbecame pregnant in 2011 while working at a Washington, DC Chipotle. Once Doristold her manager, referred to as David in her lawsuit, he reportedly startedimposing restrictions on her and not on any other employees. (That’s textbook discrimination, by the way.)

The lawsuit alleged,

Upon learning of her pregnancy, David told Ms. Garcia that she had to announce to every employee in the store when she was going to the bathroom and that David would have to approve her bathroom breaks so that he could cover her work position for her. David did not impose these requirements on non-pregnant employees.

David reportedly fired Doris in the main area of the Chipotle a day after she left early for a pre-natal appointment, even though she repeatedlyrequested to be given permission.

Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, which helped Doris file the suit, said,

We are grateful to the jury for vindicating the rights of our client to be free from pregnancy discrimination and to send a message to other employers that this practice is intolerable.

Thank you, Mr. Smith, for helping Doris fight back against the ridiculousnessthat is pregnancy discrimination. Pregnant women are literally carrying the future. The absolute least we could all do is not fire them.

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