Friday, August 12, 2016

Pregnancy As A Factor In Employment Discrimination

A recent discrimination case that’s making headlines in Little Rock serves to illustrate just how important it is to know your rights as an employee and what recourse is available to you in the event you experience discrimination in the workplace.

A former employee of Triple T Foods in Springvale, Arkansas is suing the company for discrimination after she was terminated in late September. The female employee was fired immediately after informing the company that she was pregnant.

Pregnancy discrimination is expressly forbidden under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Furthermore, the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1994 clearly states that citizens have the right to hold employment without discrimination. Because Triple T Foods has so far failed to provide any legal or legitimate cause for the employee’s termination, it appears the employee’s case is relatively sound and that she was illegally discriminated against. If the court finds in her favor, she may be entitled to receive punitive and compensatory damages, back wages or other forms of compensation.

Employment discrimination may take a variety of forms, which often makes it difficult for victims to identify whether — and, specifically, how — their rights have been violated. The unsettling truth is that employment discrimination is surprisingly common, and discriminatory practices tend to go under-reported.

It’s important to not allow employment discrimination to deprive you of your livelihood and personal well-being. If you feel you have been the victim of employment discrimination, consulting a lawyer can help you determine what options are available to you.

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