Mom says she was fired for pregnancy

ACLU takes on faith-based community organization on behalf of single mother of two.
Wire
Mar 1, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Ohio have filed a discrimination claim on behalf of a Springfield mother, alleging she was fired for being pregnant.

A news release from the ACLU says Jennifer Maudlin, a single mother of two, was fired by Inside Out, a faith-based community organization.

William Stout, president of Inside Out, denied that the organization discriminates against pregnant workers and said that Maudlin wasn’t fired.

The claim alleges she was let go in September 2012 after divulging that she was pregnant. The ACLU said the organization may have had a pattern of “hostile treatment toward other women who became pregnant while working at the organization,” according to the news release.

ACLU of Ohio Legal Director James Hardiman said firing a woman for becoming pregnant is illegal.

According to Maudlin’s claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, both married and unmarried women who became pregnant while working for Inside Out faced hostile treatment.

Stout said Maudlin quit her job on “good terms” and that there was never a discussion about firing her. He said the organization does have policies of conduct based on biblical principles, including prohibiting “sexual relations outside the covenant of marriage.”

“We do have standards concerning lifestyle and conduct, but we do not discriminate against people for being pregnant,” Stout said. “We have lots of married people who get pregnant all the time.”

Hardiman said that Maudlin was fired after disclosing her pregnancy and that the organization did not have written policies that were fairly applied because only women can become pregnant.

“If they in fact had a policy that was legitimately based on some religious belief, I don’t think we would be having this conversation,” he said. “However, the policy was not based on religious beliefs, it was simply an excuse for discrimination.”

The EEOC will assign an investigator who will determine if there is evidence supporting the complaint. If there isn’t, a right to sue will be issued, giving Maudlin the right to file a lawsuit. If there is evidence, the EEOC will try to mediate the claim and will issue a right to sue if mediation is unsuccessful.

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By Megan Gildow Anthony - Springfield News-Sun, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

MiddleRight

Should be east to determine if she was fired or resigned.
I love this quote - “If they in fact had a policy that was legitimately based on some religious belief, I don’t think we would be having this conversation,” he said. “However, the policy was not based on religious beliefs, it was simply an excuse for discrimination.”
Yeah, cause nowhere in the bible does it discuss having sex outside of marriage. The Muslims would stone a woman for this. Is the legal director of the ACLU really this stupid?

rickross2

I thought the same thing. You should'nt be out slutting it up when you work for that sort of establishment.

Heitsche23

what she does in her free time isn't anyone's business excepts hers. if she chose to have a baby, that's her business. not her employer. i don't think "slutting it up" is an appropriate way of putting it. what's the difference between any other woman who gets pregnant without being married but continues going to church? or people who get divorced but are super religious? 95% of people nowadays are hypocrites. but it's not our business, firing someone because they're pregnant is just plain wrong. regardless of marital status or religion.

Simple Enough II

Think maybe after having the 1st child out of wedlock, she might be more cautious?

wildcatlady1

Simple Enough II,
If she was not married then I agree she should be more cautious. But I do not see where they said she was not married with the first 2 children. Maybe she was married and went through a divorce after she had the first 2 or while she was pregnant with this one. We do not know the whole story with this woman.

betrump

Are we still living in the 1950's? I swear I saw a Negra drinking from a public water fountain the other day! What the heck is the matter with you backwards people?

Chef Mike

Ahhh, like clockwork, betrump here to save the day with another name calling session. You must be just the perfect person that everyone else is backwards or ignorant or trolls or all of the other names you use.

If there was a policy in place and she broke it, she's fired. If she didn't like the policy, then she shouldn't have taken the job and broke the rule.

Like MiddleRight said above, it should be easy to determine, also if she was fired or if she quit.