Shelter manager alleges that La Casa De Las Madres wrongfully terminated her

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – A Concord woman alleges that she was discriminated against by her former employer because of her pregnancy.

SAN FRANCISCO – A Concord woman alleges that she was discriminated against by her former employer because of her pregnancy.

Gabriela Lopez filed a complaint on April 10 in the San Francisco County Superior Court against La Casa De Las Madres and Does 1-10 alleging pregnancy discrimination, failure to prevent harassment, wrongful termination and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff formerly worked for the defendant as the manager of its domestic violence shelter and was originally hired in 2002. The suit states she notified human resources that she was pregnant in April 2016 and two months' prior to her September due date, was placed on modified duty by her doctor. She alleges after the birth of her child, she experienced complications and her doctor requested two accommodations for her return to work. The suit states the defendant did not grant the accommodations and instead offered her a data entry position that paid less.

The plaintiff holds La Casa De Las Madres and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly subjected her to unjustified criticism related to her pregnancy, and demoted and then terminated her for her accommodation requests.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants for general, punitive and compensatory damages; interest; costs of suit; and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Jason S. Lohr and Roberto G. Ripamonti of Lohr Ripamonti & Segarich LLP in San Francisco.

San Francisco County Superior Court case number CGC-18-565637

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