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NJ Woman Claims Job Fired Her For Being Pregnant

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Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Brittany Poveromo is suing her former employer, the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern, for allegedly firing her for being pregnant. Poveromo gave birth back in January and her son Jack just turned five-months old.

Her lawyer Diane Lucianna says that the restaurant where she used to work was wrong in the termination of Poveromo’s employment.

“According to New Jersey law you can’t do that, you can’t fire someone for being pregnant and on top of that New Jersey law requires you to make reasonable accommodations if the person asks for that,” she explained.

Poveromo said that she had some challenges during her pregnancy which caused her to make two hospital visits in the same week.

“I had bleeding. So any pregnant woman would of course rush to hospital immediately. The first time I was bleeding I went right to the hospital down the street and then I was put on bed rest for a couple days, but then I was cleared to go back to work and I gave them that doctor’s note. A couple days later unfortunately while on the job, I started bleeding again and I was just so upset about it because I had a feeling that something was gonna happen,” Poveromo recalled.

Co-Owner of the restaurant Gordan Hamm said that he had not received the lawsuit yet. He also says that their concern was for Poveromo’s health because of the two hospital visits she had and that they just wanted to make sure that she was healthy enough to continue her job. He said that they told her in order to return to work she had to present a doctor’s note stating that she was healthy.

Poveromo explained that she did have the doctor’s note, but didn’t give it to the restaurant because they fired her before she had a chance to.

The restaurant also offered Poveromo a job after the termination, but she says that it wasn’t her original position as the Assistant General Manager, but instead a job as a bartender.


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