Morningstar Foods Wrongly Fired Pregnant Worker, Jury Says

Law360, New York (November 22, 2013, 2:03 PM EST) -- A Texas federal jury on Wednesday found that Morningstar Foods LLC illegally terminated a female employee because of her pregnancy, awarding her more than $200,000 in backpay and for emotional pain and suffering.

The five-woman, two-man jury returned their verdict in favor of Tricia Ratra, an executive assistant at Morningstar Foods, a Dean Foods division, who claimed the company fired her for discriminatory reasons six months after she informed them of her pregnancy. Her complaint alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and...
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