The Law Office of William Most is proud to represent Juanita Fischer in her fight to hold Walmart accountable for pregnancy discrimination.
In August 2014, Juanita was hired to work in the deli department of a Lake Charles Walmart. She was a model employee: from August 2014 to August 2015, she was never disciplined for her job performance or attendance. Instead, she received positive reviews and a merit raise. Juanita loved her job.
A year after she was hired, Juanita learned she was pregnant. A few days after she told her managers, Juanita received her first-ever disciplinary action. She was reprimanded for failing to take out the trash, a mistake she and other employees had made in the past without discipline.
After experiencing pregnancy complications, she asked Walmart for accommodations – to be transferred from the deli to another department, or to not have to close the deli alone, or to merely have access to a stool for some tasks. Walmart denied every single request. When Juanita had to take time off for medical-related pregnancy reasons, Walmart punished her.
In January 2016, while closing the deli alone (a task she had specifically requested to be excused from) Juanita slipped and hit her pregnant stomach on the sink. She was in pain and terrified of a miscarriage, but finished her shift before going to the emergency room because she was afraid she would be fired for taking more time away from work.
Two days later – even though she hadn’t taken any shifts off – Walmart fired her. A week after Walmart fired her, they approved her request for family/medical leave. She went back to her manager, hoping this meant she could have her job back. Her manager told her to reapply “after you have your baby.”
Because of all this, Juanita has filed a lawsuit to hold Walmart accountable for violations of federal and state law. More detail can be found here.