Scottsdale woman says she was fired over pregnancy

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While a pregnancy discrimination case sits with the Supreme Court, an Arizona woman has filed a separate suit against her former employer in Scottsdale.

Dana Engel said she was fired from her marketing job at Passport Health shortly after informing her boss that she was pregnant.

Engel said she was initially told she was terminated because they were eliminating her position.

"But when I got home and started looking on job boards, I found they'd already posted my job and started looking for a replacement, so it wasn't eliminated," Engel told 3TV.

"It was a desk job. Me being pregnant [didn't hinder my work]," she added.

She called the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and her case against Passport Health, which is based in Texas, is still pending.

Engel gave birth to her son, Ethan, in September and was able to find another job while pregnant.

"I want my former employer fined," she said. "Companies have to realize they can't just fire women because they're pregnant."

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is taking up a pregnancy discrimination case with the potential to affect many American women who continue to work throughout their pregnancies.
The case before the justices Wednesday involves a former driver for United Parcel Service who wanted a temporary assignment to avoid lifting heavy packages after she became pregnant in 2006.
UPS refused to accommodate driver Peggy Young, who was on unpaid leave until two months after she gave birth.
The court is weighing whether the company's actions violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Young said she should have been offered light-duty work because some UPS workers were.
The Atlanta-based package delivery company says it will voluntarily offer pregnant women light duty starting in January. But the company contends it complied with the law in Young's case.


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