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NYS DIVISION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS NEARLY $85,000 FOR PREGNANCY DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

MN was employed by a prominent law firm in New York. She had prior experience as a legal secretary. She performed her work in a satisfactory fashion and received a bonus at the Company's Christmas party. However, when MN told her supervisors that she could no longer travel to attend IME's because she was pregnant, and her pregnancy was high risk because she had diabetes, she was told to look for employment elsewhere. The next month, MN called in sick to work due to recurrent bronchitis; she was fired the next day. She later was prescribed medication due to the anxiety and distress she suffered.

On April 8, 2008, the Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights awarded backpay in the amount of $28,542, COBRA expenses in the amount of $6,000, and compensatory damages in the amount of $50,000 for a total award of $84,542.


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