Workplace discrimination for pregnant women is a very real issue — with women losing their job or benefits over the years simply because they are carrying an unborn baby. The discrimination prompts some pro-life advocates to worry that some pregnant women may actually consider an abortion out of fear they will lose their jobs.
Another shocking aspect of this particular case is that the young mother in question who lost her position actually doesn’t have that many children.
The suit alleges that when Tabitha Handy (pictured below) told her supervisor late last year that she was pregnant, the supervisor said, “You’re pregnant again? Don’t you already have three kids?”
|Tabitha Handy Sues Waffle House After Being Fired For Having 'Too Many Children'|
The supervisor, also female, then, Handy alleges, said that “management believed she would ‘move too slow’ and would not be able to handle the job.” Handy had insisted her pregnancy would not interfere with her job, and that she had a positive record and performance reviews at work–until she told Whiting she was pregnant.Handy’s suit says after that, “Ms. Whiting began to make up untruths about Plaintiff’s performance in order to justify her termination.” The suit adds that Whiting fired her, commenting, “We don’t need you here at Waffle House anymore.” It also says that after that, Whiting said, “If you need a reference for a job you can give them my number. I have worked with you for five weeks and I know you are dependable and reliable.” The suit says, “The reason(s) was given by Defendants for termination or pretext, as Plaintiff was terminated because of her pregnancy.”Handy is asking for a jury trial, as well as lost wages and benefits, “all compensatory and exemplary damages for the maximum amount allowed by law, including mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life,” and other damages, court costs and attorney fees.
|Dallas Texas Waffle House Sued After Employee Alleges She Was Terminated For "Having Too Many Children"|