FRESNO – A woman alleges her former employer discriminated against her because of her pregnancy.
Angelica Quintero filed a complaint on Jan. 22 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Aetna Life Insurance Co. and Does 1-25 alleging discrimination based on pregnancy and gender, retaliation and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendant as a call center representative in its Medicare department and began her employment on March 27, 2018. She alleges she was deducted points by the defendant for attending her medical appointments for her pregnancy.
The suit states the plaintiff gave birth Aug. 12, 2018, and the defendant mailed her correspondence to inform her that her California Pregnancy Disability Leave was exhausted on Sept. 6, 2018. The suit states on Sept. 24, 2018, she was sent a letter informing her she had 10 days to return to work or her job would not be protected.
The plaintiff holds Aetna Life Insurance Co. and Does 1-25 responsible because the defendants allegedly discriminated and retaliated against her by terminating her employment instead of extending her leave of absence so she could heal.
The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants for economic and non-economic damages, exemplary and punitive damages, interest, injunctive relief, attorneys' fees, costs of suit, and other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Lenden F. Webb and Brooke B. Nevels of Webb Law Group APC in Fresno.
Fresno County Superior Court case number 19-CECG-251