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Woman Fired For Maternity Leave To Be Paid $150K By Milwaukee Medical Staffing Company

Posted: 03/06/12 05:50 PM ET

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A Milwaukee medical staffing company will have to pay a former employee nearly $150,000 after firing the new mom for taking maternity leave.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit alleging HCS Medical Staffing, Inc. committed pregnancy discrimination after Roxy Leger, a former bookkeeper, was fired over her plans to take maternity leave, Milwaukee's FOX 6 reports.

The Milwaukee company was ordered to pay Leger a total of $148,340, which included $100,000 in punitive and compensatory damages, according to an EEOC press release.

The agency's owner allegedly made "offensive comments" during Leger's pregnancy and fired the mom-to-be through the mail shortly after she gave birth in the hospital, the Associated Press reports.

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller said the incident was humiliating and degrading for Leger.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first case involving a woman who was wrongfully terminated due to her pregnancy. Click through the slideshow below to learn about similar cases.

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In July 2009, Jiongqui Ye, 36, told her boss, Xio Yu Zhang at the Wongtas printing company in Sydney that she was pregnant and planned to work until Christmas, then take maternity leave. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Zhang told Ye that should would not be paid while she was gone and her position as a clerical worker might not be available upon her return.

Ye then suffered complications during pregnancy and had to take sick leave early. Sadly, she lost her baby. When she returned to work, she was allegedly told she "caused a lot of inconvenience" and was given a new job performing manual labor for less money.

She complained to the Fairwork Ombudsman, and then was fired from her job.

On February 2nd, Justice Dennis Cowdroy found the directors of the company "guilty of grossly breaching its obligations and fined [them] more than $20,000."
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Filed by Ileana Llorens  |