After facing workplace discrimination and a subsequent firing, a former Chipotle employee has won her lawsuit! The employee was pregnant at the time the discrimination began and was able to prove that her manager treated her unfairly.
Doris Garcia Hernandez was awarded $550,000 in damages, according to the Washington Business Journal.
The original statement, filed back in 2014, claimed,
“Upon learning of her pregnancy, David (the manager) told Ms. Garcia that she had to announce to every employee in the store when she was going to the bathroom and that David would have to approve her bathroom breaks so that he could cover her work position for her. David did not impose these requirements on non-pregnant employees.”
The manager also ignored Doris’ requests to leave work early for any prenatal doctor visits and was eventually fired.
According to the Journal, the case was filed with the help of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, which released the following statement:
“We are grateful to the jury for vindicating the rights of our client to be free from pregnancy discrimination and to send a message to other employers that this practice is intolerable.”
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