The internet has backed a woman after recounting how she was fired after asking her employer about maternity leave.
On Tuesday, Reddit user u/canttellyou12345 posted the story to the r/tifu forum, which stands for Today IF***ed up. With over 27,000 upvotes and thousands of comments, the internet was outraged.
The woman who said she lives in New York explained: “My husband and I conceived in March and started planning how we would handle the logistics of our first child since we both work full time.
“My husband works remotely and I work in an office. I also wanted to be able to work remotely and go into the office as needed so I could be home with our baby.”
But after scheduling a meeting with her boss to inform him she was pregnant, the expectant mother was told she would not be granted any company-paid maternity leave, only 67% of her salary paid by the state for 12 weeks, and after that she shouldn’t bother going back to the office.
“Basically, I was laid off and had no maternity leave,” the woman explained, “I’m in shock. I really liked this place and I thought they liked me too .”
“Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition is prohibited in New York State,” the New York law firm AYG Law Group said on its website. “It is governed by both state and federal pregnancy discrimination law and victims are often able to recover compensation.
Prohibited discrimination can relate to a number of elements of employment, including hiring, firing, rates of pay, promotions, layoffs, training, benefits, and work assignments, the website says. from AYG.
The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which is an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the New York State Human Rights Act both protect pregnant women from harm. such processing in the workplace in New York.
The legislation clearly states that pregnant women should be treated the same as any other employee. If a person is treated differently because of their pregnancy, they may have the right to hold their employer liable.
“Looks like you have a discrimination lawsuit,” one commenter said on the now-viral Reddit post. While another said: ‘Looks like these idiots could pay you and your lawyer over 67% of your salary for over 12 weeks.’
“Definitely get a lawyer ASAP,” wrote one Redditor.
“I feel like there has to be more to this, or some misinterpretation has happened,” said another commenter: “There’s no way an employer in New York is so dumb.”
“Ask your boss to send you an email with this information, it’s an easy trial with evidence,” another user suggested.
Newsweek has contacted u/canttellyou12345 for comment.