Wiggin and Dana Victorious in Employment Discrimination Suit
Wiggin and Dana's Labor, Employment and Benefits group secured a victory for its client, a large hospital system. In this case, the plaintiff, a former employee, alleged that she was discriminated and retaliated against on the basis of her status as a nursing mother. The court, in a pre-trial motion, confirmed that status as a lactating/nursing mother constitutes a "pregnancy related condition" covered by Title VII and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act.
The Defendant established its lack of such discriminatory bias, in that it engaged in consistent efforts to accommodate Plaintiff, whose actual complaint was about being instructed to utilize the hospital's designated rooms for pumping breast milk, as opposed to her shared office space. The hospital also successfully demonstrated that the termination of Plaintiff's employment was in no way motivated by Plaintiff's prior complaints about that instruction, but rather, was directly attributable to Plaintiff's violation of the hospital's policy regarding patient privacy rights.
The Wiggin and Dana Team was led by labor, employment and benefits partner, Mary Gambardella, and included labor and employment associate, Caroline Park.