The company says the pregnant employee chose to resign on her own.
Guam – The Verona Resort is responding to a lawsuit filed against them for pregnancy discrimination, denying they allegations and claiming the pregnant employee wasn’t fired but that she quit on her own.
Polaris Guam which does business as Verona Resort, is denying allegations in a complaint filed against them by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint was filed in July on behalf of a former employee who was allegedly fired because she was pregnant.
But Verona Resort says the employee was not fired, rather she quit.
The employee alleges that in 2014, she informed her employer that she was pregnant. Because she had gestational diabetes, the employee asked for a chair at the front desk. Instead of a chair, the employee was transferred to a different department. About four months later, the employee was transferred back to front desk.
In anticipation of this, the employee provided her work with a note from her doctor indicating that the employee had gestational diabetes and would need to sit during parts of her shift and wear open toed shoes.
But then just days after she provided the medical notice from her doctor, quote “defendant discharged charging party, noting as the reason for termination that charging party’s pregnancy impacted her ability to perform her duties.”
In their defense, in addition to claiming the employee quit on her own, Verona says the employee also contributed to her situation, calling it “comparative negligence” and “contributory negligence.”
“The charging party’s own negligence or that of third parties or other events were the superseding or intervening cause of any damages and injuries charging party may have sustained and charging party may not recover against the defendant,” Verona says in court papers.
Verona Resort also points out in its response that other pregnant employees have worked at the hotel with no problems.