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10 Jun 2015

Rachel Zarrell & Stephanie McNeal, BuzzFeed News

USA: Former employee sues Nasty Gal over alleged pregnancy discrimination

"Nasty Gal Employees Describe The Company Environment As “Toxic” After New Lawsuit", 10 Jun 2015

Etalia Gold had been an employee of the edgy online clothing retailer Nasty Gal for about a year when she told her superiors in March 2014 that she was pregnant...Gold was allegedly told she was being terminated from her position and would lose her health insurance...The marketing specialist was then forced to pack up her things and leave. She was 36 weeks pregnant...The lawsuit, filed by in March by former employee Aimee Concepcion in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that in three instances the company illegally terminated employees when they became pregnant, including Gold, and failed to offer them the four months of unpaid leave required under California law. It also alleges the company did the same thing to a man who was about to take paternity leave...In a statement, a spokesperson for Nasty Gal described the lawsuits...as “defamatory” and “frivolous”: The accusations made in the lawsuits are false, defamatory and taken completely out of context. The layoffs in question were part of a larger restructuring of departments we completed over nine months ago. The lawsuits are frivolous and without merit...