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‘Past-tense’ pregnancy isn’t enough

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A federal district court tossed out a case brought by an office manager who claimed she was harassed during her pregnancy and fired eight months after she returned to work. Reason: She couldn't prove pregnancy discrimination because she failed to show that the pregnancy affected her "at or near the time she was terminated," the court said. The employee never claimed her pregnancy continued to affect her physical health. When an employee is not pregnant at or around the time that she suffers a negative employment action, "her membership in the protected class is less clear," the court said. (Solomen v. Redwood Advisory Co., No. 00-CV-858, E.D. Pa., 2002)

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