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Bloomberg News faces reporter’s charges of pregnancy bias

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A former Washington political correspondent for New York-based Bloom­­berg News claims the company fired her because of her pregnancy. She filed the charges with the D.C Superior Court, alleging that management’s attitude changed toward her after she announced her pregnancy.

According to her complaint, the company began cutting her assignments. She says she was told it would look “weird” to have a pregnant correspondent report on medical marijuana and that she should skip covering the 2014 midterm elections so she could spend time with her baby.

Just as she was concluding maternity leave, Bloomberg terminated the woman as part of what the company called as “an overall new structure,” which cut staff in cities other than New York. Of the eight employees cut from the Washington bureau, seven were women. The woman claims the restructuring was a pretext for firing her due to her pregnancy.

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