We filed lawsuit against a Medical Billing Services Company located in New Jersey on behalf of a client who was fired from her position as a medical billing assistant after she informed the owner of the company that she was pregnant.
Our client alleges that one month after she was hired as a medical billing assistant, she discovered that she was pregnant. She then advised the owner of the company of her pregnancy.
Our client alleges that the owner repeatedly asked her if she was “going to keep the baby.” That is, if she was going to have an abortion. When our client responded that she was going to keep the baby, the owner allegedly said several times “are you positive?
One month later, our client did not go to work as she was feeling ill due to her pregnancy. The very next day, she went to work, but had to seek medical attention for work-related injuries caused by dizziness related to her pregnancy. After our client returned to work after seeking medical attention, the medical billing company and its owner fired our client.
Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), it is unlawful for an employer to take any adverse action against an employee due to her pregnancy. Firing or disciplining an employee because of her pregnancy constitutes illegal discrimination.