Pregnant Employee Allegedly Told She’s “Getting Too Far Along To Work” And Then Fired For Supposedly Stealing Money


Employee Files Lawsuit against Great American Pub and Diner for Pregnancy Discrimination

Ashley joined the staff at the Great American Pub and Diner as a server in 2015. A year later, she learned that she was pregnant. Not only did she tell management that she was pregnant, but she was also visually pregnant. Ashley continued to work at the restaurant, but she noticed that her managers started making comments about her pregnancy.

Ashley pointed out that she was told she was “getting too far along to work.”Ashley pointed out that she was told she was “getting too far along to work.” Her managers allegedly repeatedly asked when she’d leave because of her pregnancy. Ashley, however, didn’t see any reason to quit working since she was still able to do all parts of her job. But then, Ashley shared how one of the managers told her that the Great American Pub and Diner didn’t want to have pregnant women working for them.

During one of Ashley’s shifts, Ashley recalled that a customer returned after dining at the restaurant and handed Ashley some cash for a tip. She pocketed the money and thought nothing of it. After all, it was the practice of the restaurant to allow servers to keep their tips.

Soon after, Ashley was fired for allegedly stealing money from the restaurant. The manager cited the previous incident when the customer had given Ashley money and accused Ashley of stealing the cash, rather than giving it to the restaurant. Since the restaurant allows servers to keep tips and no other server was similarly disciplined for keeping tips, Ashley believes that she was terminated due to her pregnancy and not this incident.

Ashley, now a client of KM&A, is choosing to stand up for her employee rights and fight pregnancy discrimination. KM&A advocates for employees like Ashley who have faced discipline and termination for their legally protected class status. No employee should suffer discrimination due to pregnancy.


Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-05224-GEKP

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