USA: Ex-employees file lawsuit against cosmetics firm Avon alleging discrimination against pregnant & nursing women

Author: Andrew Keshner, Market Watch, Published on: 15 November 2018

"Avon ladies sue company for allegedly discriminating against pregnant, nursing workers", 14 Nov 2018

One woman says she was quickly fired because she was pregnant, summarily terminated on a day she travelled to the office...Another new mother said she had to cut short her nursing...Those are some of the allegations in a discrimination lawsuit filed...by two former employees of Avon...in Manhattan Federal Court...

“Because Avon declares that its women-centric approach helps ‘break traditional barriers,’ the last thing Avon employees expect to experience is pregnancy discrimination,” said the class action lawsuit...Avon engaged in “systemic discrimination” against pregnant workers and new mothers, according to the lawsuit...[W]omen accounted just for 27% of the management committee, the lawsuit said...

The company “strongly denies claims of discrimination,” according to a spokeswoman for New Avon...

The lawsuit also blasted Avon for using arbitration to handle internal harassment allegations...

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Related companies: Avon