USA: Ex-employee files lawsuit against pharmaceutical co. Alimera Sciences alleging pregnancy discrimination

Author: Amanda Thomas, Northern California Record (USA), Published on: 16 April 2018

"Former Alimera Sciences employee files workplace discrimination suit", 14 Apr 2018

A former Alimera Sciences employee has filed a workplace discrimination suit..., claiming the biopharmaceutical company terminated her because of her pregnancy...Jaymi Lenweaver brought the suit against...Alimera Sciences Inc.; Laura Cegala, executive director of human resources; and Cherie Hyder, senior director of medical affairs...Lenweaver was employed as a medical science liaison for the company and worked from home when she wasn’t out in the field visiting clients...The lawsuit...came after Lenweaver had requested pregnancy leave.  The suit alleges that Cegala misinformed her of the options available to her and “made a comment suggesting that she would not come back to work after her pregnancy.”  She began her leave in June 2017 and returned in October 2017.  Lenweaver had originally requested six weeks of leave, but extended it because of complications...The suit alleges Alimera Sciences “was not happy with the extension” and continued to contact her for work-related issues.  Upon returning, she “required a small accommodation” because she was having trouble breastfeeding.  The suit claims Alimera Sciences “responded negatively and started to retaliate against” Lenweaver...The suit also alleges she was turned down for a promotion...Other allegations include Alimera Sciences no longer allowing her to travel on work-related trips with babysitting support personnel or family members...

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