Montgomery County woman claims pregnancy discrimination

By Sharon Spungen | Nov 17, 2015

A Bala Cynwyd woman filed suit against her former employer claiming she was wrongfully terminated due to her gender and her pregnancy in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Jennifer Sherby filed a lawsuit on Nov. 11 against TE Connectivity and Tyco Electronics Corp. Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Sherby claims that she was employed by the defendant company for three and a half years, during which time she was promoted twice and eventually earned a role as Global Program Manager, a 100 percent telecommuting role. Starting in March2013, when she was 7 or 8 months pregnant, plaintiff alleges, she was assigned a new supervisor, Alan Smith. Sherby further states that she was informed by Smith that he intended to have her removed from her position, and claims that Smith was outwardly hostile and intrusive towards her in regard to her pregnancy and her ability to work while pregnant.

After finishing her FMLA leave, Sherby alleges, instead of being returned to the same or a similar position, she was suddenly required to be in the office at least three days per week which would result in a four-hour daily commute on those days. Because of this new and allegedly discriminatory requirement, Sherby claims, she was constructively discharged from her role and her last day of work was Sept. 12, 2014. The plaintiff further states that her replacement was a male who was permitted to telecommute 100 percent.

Sherby seeks compensatory as well as punitive damages in addition to other costs and relief. She is represented by Ari R. Karpf, Esquire, of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti P.C. in Bensalem.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:15-cv-06076-MMB

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