A former employee of North Hollywood’s Xtetic World Inc. has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging that her supervisor suggested she get an abortion, and then fired her for following through with the pregnancy.

The suit states that the former employee, Vanessa Campos, was fired just two days after telling her boss she was pregnant and then advised to get an abortion.

A former employee of North Hollywood’s Xtetic World Inc. has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging that her supervisor suggested she get an abortion, and then fired her for following through with the pregnancy.

The suit states that the former employee, Vanessa Campos, was fired just two days after telling her boss she was pregnant and then advised to get an abortion.

Campos Alleges Wrongful Termination, Pregnancy Discrimination, Retaliation

Campos, 25, of Lancaster is seeking unspecified damages from the boutique cosmetic company. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges a slew of unlawful employer behaviors including pregnancy discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and a California Government Code violation regarding pregnancy disability leave.

Where Xtetic World Inc. Went Wrong

The former Xtetic World employee began working for the company as a social media coordinator in March 2015. The following month, Campos realized she was pregnant and happy to share the news with her supervisor. The suit states that the plaintiff was proactive in her willingness to make future scheduling adjustments for when she would be on pregnancy leave. However, her happiness regarding her pregnancy was stifled when her manager stated, “We need somebody who is committed to being here full-time. Have you thought about getting an abortion?”

This question shocked and “sickened” the ecstatic mother-to-be. According to the suit, Campos responded, “No, I plan on keeping my baby. What you said was not right.”

Two days later, she was fired without an explanation.

The suit states that no one told the plaintiff that she had done anything wrong at work, nor did she receive anything in writing from her employer claiming that her job performance was unsatisfactory.

According the suit, Campos’ firing was “clearly no coincidence” that she was targeted and then terminated after reporting her pregnancy to her employer, with the response that they needed someone working full-time.

Campos’ suit alleges that Xtetic World violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov. Code § 12940.

Last fall, the plaintiff gave birth to her daughter. Campos feels that the alleged wrongful termination by her employer left her high and dry looking for employment as a pregnant woman, and made finding a new job “a bit difficult.”

Read the original story on Patch.com: Woman Claims Cosmetic Company Fired Her After She Refused to Get an Abortion

Pregnancy Discrimination in California: Additional Information

  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act: Pregnancy – via DFEH
  • Examples of Pregnancy Discrimination in California: Real-Life Cases
  • Pregnancy Discrimination in California: What Employees Should Know
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 – via EEOC

It is unlawful for your California employer to terminate or mistreat you due to your pregnancy or childbirth. Our passionate California pregnancy discrimination attorneys will fight for your rights and the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation today.