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boss fired me while on maternity leave. his reason was he didn’t want me to have to work in a place where I’m not loved and supported.
Asked on April 1, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
This is very likely illegal sex-based discrimination, since based on the timing, it would be very difficult for the boss to prove that this was not in fact a termination due to your pregnancy or leave; and since only women get pregnant, the law treats negative employment actions taken due to pregnancy as illegal anti-woman discrimination. Based on what you writel, you could contact the federal EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) about filing a complaint.