The Shocking Thing This Woman's Boss Said When They Found out She Was Pregnant

May 6th 2016

Taylor Bell

A former employee for Procter and Gamble is suing the company after alleging that she was fired for becoming pregnant, Reuters reports.


On Friday, Tiffany Kantrowitz filed a lawsuit against P&G, claiming that she was let go from her job selling makeup at P&G's Dolce and Gabbana Saks Fifth Avenue location in New York shortly after her supervisors found out she was pregnant.

After Kantrowitz became pregnant toward the end of 2014, she requested small accommodations so that she could work more comfortably. But Kantrowitz alleges that her company's Human Resources department refused to make the accommodations suitable for her. Instead, the the lawsuit says that P&G "forced her to take breaks that were deducted from the leave time she was entitled to under the Family and Medical Leave Act," according to Reuters.

And even before Kantrowitz became pregnant, her manager allegedly told her "pregnancy is not part of the uniform."


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But P&G contends that this was not the case.

P&G says that they fired Kantrowitz because she violated the company's policy about taking "tester" cosmetic products. However, the lawsuit says that it is common practice for employees to try out these cosmetic samples, and that two other employees had done the same thing without being reprimanded.

“Ms. Kantrowitz was terminated for cause following an internal investigation," a spokesperson for the company told Think Progress in a statement. "P&G has been, and continues to be widely respected for our commitment to diversity and inclusion and the many programs we have in place to support working mothers.”

But for Kantrowitz, it has been a different story.

"It's hard to find a new job and somebody that will be flexible with me," Kantrowitz told Think Progress. "This whole situation has derailed my career."

"I'm still kind of surprised that it happened to me," she continued. "It's disappointing in our day and age that people would be unsympathetic to a pregnant woman in the workplace."

In the workplace, pregnant women continue to struggle for fair treatment.

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Although the Pregnancy Discrimination Act prevents employers from discriminating based on pregnancy or childbirth, pregnant workers are often forced to work outside of their jobs or made to work in unsafe conditions. In addition, many new moms report discrimination in the workplace. According to a survey reported by the National Partnership for Women and Families, more than 1 in 4 women reported experiencing bias from their employers due to their perceptions of their "desire, ability or commitment" to do their jobs.

[h/t Think Progress]