Former Orlando Vacation Employee Alleges Pregnancy Discrimination
An Orange County woman is suing a vacation business, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.
The woman filed a complaint Oct. 17 in Orange County Circuit Court against Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc., alleging violation of the Orange County Civil Rights Ordinance and the Family Medical Leave Act.
According to the complaint, in February the woman requested leave due to complications with her pregnancy. Prior to returning to work on or around March 7, the suit says, she was terminated for alleged poor performance.
The woman says she has suffered lost wages and benefits, emotional pain and suffering, humiliation, inconvenience, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
She alleges Wyndham Vacation Ownership subjected her to pregnancy-based discrimination and harassment and retaliated against her by terminating her employment for exercising her rights.
In regards to pregnancy, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a woman because she is with child. State and federal laws protect women against this form of discrimination in all aspects of employment, including interviewing, hiring, firing and promoting.
Pregnant employees may suffer from a variety of medical conditions during pregnancy and after childbirth. It is illegal for employers to discriminate against these employees. Some examples of medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth include:
- Back pain
- Gestational diabetes
- Any conditions that require bed rest
- Lactation issues
If you have experienced pregnancy-related discrimination in the workplace, our Florida Discrimination Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you file a claim for damages. Call us today at 352-666-2121 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.