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Pregnancy, birth control and abortion restrictions are common in the workplace.
And the consequences can be devastating.
In February, two women, Ashley Lefkowitz and Tammi LeBlanc, both from Texas, lost their jobs at a hospital because of the restrictions.
Lefko-Lefkowts employer, Texas Medical Center in Austin, declined to comment on her termination, saying the matter is under investigation.
LeBlac, who also works at the hospital, said in an interview with BuzzFeed News that the workplace had been a hostile environment.
“The whole company was just really hostile toward me, especially with my colleagues,” LeBlan said.
“There were no women who I trusted.
The only reason I had worked at Texas Medical was to support my husband, and it was just like, ‘Oh, you’re just a woman, you can’t do this, you don’t deserve this.’
They said, ‘Well, you have a baby.
It’s your decision.'”
The women said they were given no choice about whether or not to have an abortion, and were told they could lose their jobs.
“It was the only way we could survive,” Leblanc said.
Lesho, a mother of two, said she has worked for more than 20 years and is an avid parent, but she had to terminate her pregnancy in 2015.
“I have had enough of being treated like a slave and forced into a relationship with a man I didn’t know, so I had to do something to make my life better,” she said.
She was given three months’ notice of her termination and her employer had to pay her a $1,500 settlement.
“My husband had the best job in the world,” Leshos mother, Leshia, told BuzzFeed News.
“But they didn’t even give me my paycheck.
They said if I don’t terminate it, it’s my fault.”
Leshom, who has an 8-year-old daughter, told HuffPost that the company was treating her like an unwanted fetus.
“We were told that the decision to terminate my pregnancy was the best decision in my life,” she wrote in an email.
“This is a man who worked at a large hospital for 20 years, and he did his job with dignity and respect, and now we are being forced to do the same thing that he was told was the right decision.”
Lefko said she was told she would not be able to return to her job, and she received a phone call from her mother the day she was terminated.
Lelena said she also received a call from Lefky’s mother the following day.
“She was so angry, she screamed at me,” Lefkos mother, Leelena, told the website.
“They were like, ‘[We are not going to hire you, you are not a good candidate, and you will be terminated, because you are pregnant.'”
Lefks parents also filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“These people are just going to use my mother’s termination as an excuse to retaliate against me, and make me feel like an outsider,” she told BuzzFeed.
Lefky was terminated on March 4, 2019.
Her employer said it would not pay her because she was pregnant.
Lebla said she did not hear back from the company for several weeks.
“All I heard from my manager was, ‘It was her choice,'” Leba said.
The company told BuzzFeed that Lefka’s termination was part of a “program to increase diversity in our workforce.”
Lefkenowts termination was not the only time Lef-Ko-L-Bos-Led, or LefKowts-L, was terminated for pregnancy or pregnancy complications.
In March 2019, a second former employee, who worked in the same hospital as Lefkels mother, filed a lawsuit against the hospital and LefKO-L.
Leda-Leda’s lawsuit alleged that the hospital discriminated against her because of her pregnancy.
In August 2020, Leda was terminated and her termination was appealed to the Equal Pay Commission.
She was not allowed to return until March 31, 2021.
“We feel that the employer’s decision was not based on merit, but rather on the fact that the mother of our children, as well as a mother in the hospital population, is an under-represented and under-treated workforce,” Leda told BuzzFeed in an emailed statement.
“Our complaint seeks redress for discrimination based on pregnancy.
We are seeking monetary damages for our wrongful termination and for the hospital’s wrongful termination of our daughter.”
The Lefki family said Lefker’s termination violated her constitutional right to equal pay for equal work, as guaranteed