fired for having a baby.

i was fired for having a baby. What should i do? could i sue them, and what would be a resonable amount to sue for?

Asked on July 1, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  The law does not permit employers to discriminate on the basis of sex.  However, if you are going to sue, you first have to file a CHRO complaint and the CHRO has to do an investigation.  After the investigation, you can file  your lawsuit.  However, you are going to have to prove that the motivating factor for your termination was your pregnancy.  If the employer demonstrates there was a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason for firing you and you cannot show that the nondiscriminaory reason was a pretext, then you will lose.  these cases are expensive and hard to prove.  I suggest speaking to a lawyer before making the investment.

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  The law does not permit employers to discriminate on the basis of sex.  However, if you are going to sue, you first have to file a CHRO complaint and the CHRO has to do an investigation.  After the investigation, you can file  your lawsuit.  However, you are going to have to prove that the motivating factor for your termination was your pregnancy.  If the employer demonstrates there was a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason for firing you and you cannot show that the nondiscriminaory reason was a pretext, then you will lose.  these cases are expensive and hard to prove.  I suggest speaking to a lawyer before making the investment.


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