A legal secretary and paralegal for a New Jersey law firm, alleges that she was fired 2 weeks before she was scheduled to take her maternity leave. To add insult to injury, she was replaced by the woman she was training to do her job while she was on maternity leave.
An Amended Complaint was recently filed in the United States District Court of New Jersey, entitled Christine Heckel vs. Schibell, Mennie and Kentos, L.L.C., and Richard N. Schibell, Esq., Civil Action No. 3:10-cv-03454 (FLW/DEA).
As a woman, this story is of interest to me, not because I am pregnant, heaven forbid, but because if this act by this law firm is true, women are still being treated as if their careers aren’t important. It also means that no matter how far women have come in the workforce, there are still people who run companies and even law firms, who believe that women should stay home when they have children. This is not only happening in New Jersey, it recently happened in California when George Lucas lost a discrimination suit when he fired a woman for being pregnant.
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