Washington Post recently reported on the ongoing problem of workplace discrimination against
pregnant employees, including one of Attorney D’Agostino’s
cases. In that particular retaliation claim, a DIA spy won her case against
superiors who violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
A significant retaliation claim handled by Attorney Debra D'Agostino
was recently covered by the
Washington Post. The article—focusing on discriminatory workplace actions against
pregnant employees—recounts the case of DIA spy whose superiors
violated the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
The spy, known as "Roxanne" in the piece, was chosen for a 14-week
training course before taking on a high-paying assignment overseas. However,
Roxanne told her superiors that she would be near her due date in the
final weeks of that training, which mostly consisted of physical training
(defensive driving and hostage scenarios).
Roxanne's news caused hand-wringing among her superiors and one, records
show, even thought she would have trouble navigating staircases. A seasoned
spy, however, Roxanne knew that she could handle the physical training
mere months after the birth of her child. DIA officials refused to let
Roxanne stagger her training and instead pushed all of her training back
to later session four months later. Roxanne agreed to this arrangement—but
when she reported for the later session, she discovered that her superiors
hadn't enrolled her in it.
"From Another Decade"
Knowing that she had been discriminated against, Roxanne filed an Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint and hired Attorney
D'Agostino to handle the claim. The EEOC determined that Roxanne had,
in fact, been retaliated against for her pregnancy by the DIA.
The EEOC decision was significant: the DIA was ordered to pay Roxanne as
if she had assumed the high-paying position at her original start date
and the intelligence agency bosses were forced to submit to harassment
training. The EEOC ruling also had to be posted in Roxanne's former
DIA office in the Middle East/Africa.
This is not the first time that Attorney D'Agostino has had to defend
the employment rights of pregnant federal workers. She told the
Washington Post that, when she does, the supervisors in these discrimination cases often
"sound like they're from another decade."
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