A San Diego woman is suing her former employer for sex discrimination after she was fired just hours after telling her boss she was pregnant.
Tiffany Jackson began working for CMW Media in October under a 90-day probationary period. She served as an account manager for three accounts and says she only received positive feedback.
However, after her probationary period was up, Jackson said that all changed. The day after her three-month period ended, she said she told Andrew Hard, the head of CMW, she was pregnant and due in July.
“He asked me if it was a good thing. I looked at him confused and said, ‘Yes, we are excited about this,’” Jackson told 10News. “My boyfriend and I are both 38, and we’re thrilled about this chance to be parents.”
Jackson said Hard fired her less than two hours later.
“I couldn’t believe this was happening to me at that very moment. I thought I was living a nightmare,” she said. “He told me I wasn’t a good fit but couldn’t provide any specifics. Just a few weeks before, I had gotten feedback from a client saying I was a joy to work with and efficient.”
Jackson’s attorney Dan Gilleon said, “ This is a classic case of an employer not wanting to deal with a pregnant employee and telling her to go away because this is hurting our bottom line.”
CMW Media countered Jackson’s claims in a statement.
“Ms. Jackson was terminated based solely upon job performance prior to the expiration of her 90-day probation period with the company. The decision to terminate her was documented by management several days prior to the time she informed the company about her alleged pregnancy.”
The statement goes on, “Originally, Ms. Jackson claimed she was terminated due to her alleged pregnancy however, in a March 23, 2016. letter from her attorneys, she has now changed her story and claims she was a ‘whistle blower’...”
Gilleon claims, “Ms. Jackson’s story has not changed. Her complaint filed today is for pregnancy discrimination. The claims they fired her for cause is awfully convenient, especially when they can’t produce documentation.”
Jackson, meanwhile, hopes that by filing legal action, she’s able to send CMW a message.
“It’s just not right and I don’t want another woman to go through what I’m going through. A company should not be able to get away with this.”