Your Rights Under Pregnancy and/or Maternity Leave
September 2, 2016
Former Chipotle Employee Awarded $550,000 in Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
September 15, 2016
A former employee of a D.C. Chipotle Mexican Grill who claimed she was fired because she became pregnant has won her discrimination case against the Mexican restaurant chain.
The jury in the case, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2014, awarded Doris Garcia Hernandez $550,000 in compensatory and punitive damages after determining that her former manager did indeed terminate her due to her pregnancy.
The case goes back to 2011, when Garcia became pregnant while working at Chipotle. After she informed her manager of her pregnancy, he began restricting her access to water and bathroom breaks, the suit alleged.
The plaintiff alleged that, upon learning of her pregnancy, her manager told her that she had to announce when she was going to the bathroom and that he would have to approve her bathroom breaks so that he could cover her work position for her.
After the manager ignored Garcia’s repeated requests to leave work early for a pre-natal doctor’s appointment, she left for the appointment anyway. The next day, the manager fired her in front of other employees in the main area of the restaurant, according to the suit.
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