Lawsuit Claims Tucson Financial Agency Was Discriminated Against Pregnant Employee

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The Arizona attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit against a Tucson-based insurance agency after it allegedly discriminated against an employee due to a pregnancy-related disability she had last year.

The Arizona attorney general’s office has filed a discrimination complaint against JD Mellberg Financial, a national insurance agency based in Tucson, Attorney General Mark Brnovich said on Friday.

According to the attorney general’s office, the employee suffered from placenta previa, a condition that limits mobility and is treated through bed rest. Although she had several notes from her doctor describing her condition, according to the press release, she said the agency forced her to take unpaid medical leave instead of allowing her to work from home. before canceling her medical insurance and firing her.

The AGO said the agency, through its lawyer, asserted that “pregnant women should not be allowed to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

AGO lawsuit claims JD Mellberg violated Arizona civil rights law by failing to provide the woman with reasonable accommodation for her disability, terminating her employment and retaliating against her .

An attempt on Friday to reach JD Mellberg to get a response to the allegations failed.

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Geraldine L. Melton