Halliburton Sued For Firing Pregnant Employee
We've written a lot about lawsuits against Halliburton/KBR, mostly involving horror stories coming from employees in Iraq. But the latest is from a Dallas woman, Lynda Darden, who is suing because, she says, the company fired her for getting pregnant.
She is represented by Houston attorney Todd Kelly, who represents Jamie Leigh Jones, the local woman who is suing over claims she was raped in Iraq while working for the same company.
Kelly tells our sister blog in Dallas, Unfair Park that Halliburton is not a good place for women to work: "I don't believe that Halliburton treats its women as they should," he says.
The company has always refuted such claims and says its guidelines and practices protect all employees.
The full complaint filed on Darden's behalf can be found at the link above, but essentially she says she was told she would be fired if she got pregnant; she got pregnant and got fired as part of a larger layoff.
To her knowledge, Lynda was the only employee "laid off" in her area even though there were five employees who had less experience in that position than she did. None of those employees was pregnant. Thus, the company retained employees in the same or similar positions with less qualifications who were not in the protected class. The Defendant's proferred reason for termination was a pretext for discriminatory purpose.
Now Halliburton is a huge company with a massive number of employees, some of whom, it's safe to assume, have gotten pregnant and kept their jobs.
But do they discriminate against pregnant women? Looks like a Dallas jury will get a chance to decide.
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