Claims by Pregnant Employee Bolstered by Shifting Reasons for Firing, Suspicious Timing

June 26, 2018

An auto dealership that notified its female parts manager that it was eliminating her position and terminating her within days of her pregnancy announcement, and then reactivated and filled the position a month later with a male can advance her Title VII claims of sex and pregnancy bias. The suspicious timing, along with the employer's shifting reasons given for her termination, raised enough suspicion of discrimination to allow her claims to proceed to trial, a federal court in Indiana ruled.