Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Paralegal Alleges Discrimination Based on Pregnancy

Jeanne Marshall, a paralegal formerly with Siegfried & Jensen in Salt Lake City, Utah, filed suit in the U.S. District Court claiming pregnancy discrimination. She alleges that, when she returned from a month-long medical leave to deal with complications in her pregnancy, she was subjected to foul language, encouraged by a supervisor to terminate her pregnancy and divorce her husband, given no substantive work, and ultimately, had to leave the position. The firm adamantly denies the allegations.

Marshall was awarded unemployment benefits by the state Department of Workforce Services, and Siegfried & Jensen unsuccessfully appealed that decision -- twice.
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