ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Two women gave birth to two healthy girls two years ago. But before that, they both lost their jobs as Fulton County 911 operator trainees because of their pregnancies, they said.
After a lengthy investigation, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agreed with them that they were discriminated against, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Now, Leeneeka Bell and Que’ana Morris say they plan to file a lawsuit against Fulton County.
The women told Channel 2 that they were pregnant with complications during their training.
Morris said her supervisor told her, “Once you rectify your problem which is your pregnancy then you can come back.”
The women said co-workers with the Department of Emergency Services had reason to worry.
“I think a lot of people got scared if they were thinking of becoming pregnant,” Bell said. “The story was, ‘Look what happened to the other two.'”
A statement from a Fulton County representative to Channel 2 said, “Fulton County is a progressive and inclusive employer that fully complies with relevant federal laws as well as our own internal policies and procedures. At no time did Fulton County take any prohibited action against the employees in question.”