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

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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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