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Pregnant bartender in California fired

A former bartender in Los Angeles is suing her former employer after she was allegedly fired for being pregnant. She said that her supervisor also rebuked her for not dressing like a California hooker and instead dressing too Midwest conservative. In the lawsuit that the former employee filed against Kings' Head Pub II in Studio City on Oct. 8, she alleged wrongful termination, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and pregnancy discrimination.

Her former employer stated that nobody was aware the woman was pregnant when she worked at the bar from May 2012 through July 2012. The pub's current general manager stated that she kept her pregnancy a secret. However, the woman stated that a month after she learned that she was pregnant the bar's general manager at the time told her that the bar's owners didn't like her. However, she said she had never received any disciplinary actions or complaints. Then another month later the employee received a text message asking her to come to a meeting, during which she was allegedly told that bar's owners didn't like the way she dressed. The meeting ended with the manager terminating her employment.

According to the woman's lawsuit, she preferred to wear pants, whereas most of the other bartenders wore shorts or skirts. However, the current general manager stated that the female bartenders usually wear pants at the pub and that when it was hot they were welcome to wear shorts or skirts, but that most of them didn't. The current general manager also stated that the former general manager was fired a few months after the woman was.

The aid of employment law attorneys may be helpful for those employees who feel they were wrongfully terminated from their jobs or discriminated against and want to seek compensation. Attorneys might be able to help them prove that their rights were violated and negotiate settlements with their former employers.

Source: Huffington Post, "Pregnant Bartender Allegedly Fired For Not Looking Like A 'California Hooker'", Kathleen Miles, October 09, 2013

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