Workplaces cannot discriminate against an employee for certain protected characteristics, including race, religion and gender. Pregnancy is also a protected class -- employers are not permitted to discriminate against an employee due to pregnancy. However, that is exactly what one woman here in California alleges regarding her former employer -- online entertainment giant Netflix. She says that she experienced workplace discrimination after she informed her boss that she was pregnant.
The woman worked on several projects relating to international content. She claims that once she revealed her pregnancy, her boss stopped including her on project-related emails and meetings. She also alleges that her boss made negative comments regarding her appearance. When she reported this behavior to human resources and asked to change to a different department, she claims she was told that she would have to discuss the matter with her boss. She claims that her boss attempted to get her to quit rather than take maternity leave and that she was soon fired without due cause.
She has decided to file a civil claim against Netflix, saying that her employers were satisfied with her work until she became pregnant. She claims that she fully informed her employer about her obligations to her family before she was hired, and she alleges that Netflix purports to have a pro-family work environment, but that that is not the case. A representative for Netflix said that when her claims were investigated in the past, no reason was found to investigate further.
No matter the outcome of this woman's claim, her case serves as a reminder that employees across industries have certain rights and protections. Workplace discrimination of any type should not be tolerated by anyone. Employees here in California who feel that they have been discriminated against while at work may find it helpful to discuss their situation with an experienced employment law attorney.