Friday, February 6, 2015
After being employed with Sava Senior Care’s Brain Center Health and Rehabilitation in Weaverville, NC for two years, Jamie Cole was unable to return to work due to a complicated pregnancy. In April 2013 Cole’s doctor recommending that she no longer do any lifting. Cole submitted a Reasonable Accommodation Acknowledgement form, which was denied. Cole was informed that she could not return to work until there were no restrictions at all. The Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires that pregnant workers receive the same treatment as other temporarily disabled workers. Cole has filed a complaint with the EEOC alleging that she was discriminated against based on her pregnancy. The Americans Civil Liberties Union is helping Cole with her case pro bono. Along with Cole’s case, pregnancy discrimination is an important issue in North Carolina because the state is one of four with no laws of its own protecting pregnant or breastfeeding employees.