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Don’t assume they will take off for an extended period—and then act against them. The case: An Illinois bank hired a part-time teller to fill in during the summer. During her training, she told a supervisor she was pregnant. The next day, the bank fired her, saying it assumed she would not be available to work in the summer. A lower court sided with the bank, but the appeals court reversed the decision on the ground that the bank didn’t have enough evidence that she would be absent for a long period. Simply anticipating likely attendance problems is not enough. (Maldonado v. U.S. Bank and Manufacturers Bank, No. 98-3837, 1999)
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