Photo Tech Files Workplace Discrimination Complaint

Recently, a pharmacy photo tech at a New Orleans Walgreens filed a workplace discrimination complaint, citing that her pregnancy caused her to lose hours. According to her complaint, the tech said she was hired in 2009. She became pregnant in 2016, after working at the Walgreens for nearly a decade.

Because of her high blood pressure, her doctor put her on a medical restriction of working 30 hours per week. However, her supervisor reduced her hours to 29.5, enough of a dip to cause her to lose her insurance and benefits. After she had returned to work in July 2016 after giving birth, she was placed on a part-time schedule when she requested full time.

The tech claims that Walgreen Louisiana Co. Inc. and Walgreen Co. failed to provide reasonable accommodations, refused to return her to full time, and retaliated against her for taking disability-related leave.

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, certain employees are eligible to take leave in order to tend to personal and family matters. She also had rights as an employee with a disability, not because of her pregnancy but because of the high blood pressure that prevented her from working more than 30 hours a week.

She has requested a trial by jury and is looking for compensatory, punitive, and liquidated damages, costs of suit, pre- and post-judgement interest, and other appropriate relief. One of our attorneys, Justin M. Chopin, will be representing her in the suit in addition to Charles J. Stiegler of Steigler Law Firm LLC.

If you’re facing workplace discrimination, make sure your voice is heard. Talk to one of our experienced New Orleans employment law attorneys about your case. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience to offer. Contact us at (504) 475-2429 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.


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