On April 30, 2009, the court sided with Dewandra Johnson in the case against
the United Cerebral Palsy Spastic Children Foundation of Los Angeles and
Ventura Counties. Johnson, who used to work for UCP as caregiver, claimed
that she was unfairly terminated because she was pregnant and because
she took a leave relating to her pregnancy. The defendant stated that
the termination was due time to falsified records, but Johnson supported
her claim by proving that she had not falsified her records, was fired
soon after disclosing her pregnancy, and the defendant had fired other
woman for being pregnant.
Using Coworkers Complaints as Evidence
One major influence in this case was the testimonials from coworkers that
supported Johnson’s claim for unfair termination. Numerous coworkers
and former employees came forward and stated that they: had been fired
by the defendant due to pregnancies, knew someone who had been fired due
to a pregnancy, or resigned due to unfair treatment from a supervisor
after disclosing that they were trying to become pregnant. In one declaration
given by Melissa Wyatt, a counselor who was present during supervisor
meetings, Wyatt shared that she had witnessed the supervisors brainstorming
excuses to use as a cover up when they fired a pregnant employee.
Johnson, who was represented by
Attorney V. James DeSimone, was able to use these declarations to support her claim that her own
termination had been discriminatory.
You can read more about Johnson v. UCP here.
Are You Facing Discrimination Due to a Pregnancy?
Unfortunately, Dewandra Johnson is just one of many women who face unfair
treatment from employers due to pregnancies. At V. James DeSimone Law,
we make it our top priority to protect your workplace rights.
We have experience handling the following
pregnancy discrimination cases:
- Wrongful termination
- Unfair hours or wage cuts
- Non-coverage of maternity leave
- Violations of the Family & Medical Leave Act
- Emotional trauma due to treatment
If you have experienced any of these issues while pregnant,
contact our firm today!