It’s one thing for an employer to try to control how many employees are out at one time by coordinating vacation schedules. It’s another thing to demand that they plan their pregnancies with him or to inquire as to whether they are using condoms. Maria Dinzeo of Courthouse News reports on a case that, frankly, is kind of mind-numbing if the allegations are proven in court:
A dentist demanded that his employees seek his permission to get pregnant, and asked for details of their menstrual cycles and whether they used condoms, a former employee – who got pregnant – claims in Federal Court. Regina Flores claims Michael Tavallaei, DDS, part owner of Make a Smile Corp., was not pleased when she told him she was pregnant in July 2008.
Flores claims Tavallaei told her that her “pay would have to be cut because she would not be as effective or efficient of an employee during her pregnancy.”
Flores claims that at a meeting called to address the pregnancies of other women at the office, Tavallaei said he would fire anyone who got pregnant without his consent and that he didn’t care if that violated labor laws.
Flores claims that Tavallaei also asked each woman at the office when her last menstrual cycle was, and if they were all using condoms.
Read the complaint via Courthouse News.