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Rescinded job offer amounted to pregnancy discrimination

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A Saint Louis Park, Minn., orthodontist has learned the hard way that you can’t offer a job but then rescind it when you learn your new hire is pregnant.

Recent case: Nicole, an experienced orthodontic assistant, heard about a job opening and was offered the position. That’s when she said she was pregnant and asked about maternity leave. And that’s when the orthodontist rescinded the offer, accusing Nicole of being dishonest in not revealing her pregnancy up front.

Nicole sued, alleging pregnancy discrimination. The court concluded that rescinding an offer because the applicant didn’t reveal information that the employer wasn’t even legally allowed to ask about was illegal discrimination. The only thing remaining is to calculate how much the orthodontist owes Nicole for pregnancy discrimination. (LaPoint v. Family Orthodontics, No. A15-0396, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 2015)

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