As per the article in USA Today from Friday (24.8.18), Ms Kameisha Denton in Washington was fired for being pregnant. She seems to have been fired via messaging app.
Not as classy as one would hope...
For those who don't know, being fired for being pregnant is illegal in the US and in the UK. The flip side of the coin is that it appears that she did not tell her employer that she was pregnant during the job interview. However, this does not appear to be an issue for her, because in the US, it's illegal not to hire someone because they are pregnant. Indeed, just asking those questions in an interview is a no-no.
No-no problem for Ms Denton though. According to this post at CNN, it looks like Ms Kameisha Denton can expect a nice payday from her former employer pretty soon. That's what's happened in similar situations in the past! So, woohoo!
I'll be honest. As someone with plenty of management experience, I can say that being a good employer is not as easy as it sounds. This is because you have to deal with a lot of different people and like employers, some are not as good as you'd like.
But firing someone because they're pregnant.. VIA MESSAGE?! Every part of that is just plain wrong.
Have A Similar Problem?
I hope it never happens to someone reading this, but if it does, here's what you can do:
In the UK, contact the great people at Maternity Action.
In the US, get in touch with the EOCC.
What do you think about all this folks? Whatever it is, comment and let me know!