Avon Unit Fired Pregnant Exec During Health Scare, Suit Says

By Braden Campbell (October 3, 2018, 4:13 PM EDT) -- Cosmetics giant Avon's North American unit fired a newly hired executive over trumped-up "performance issues" days after she asked to work from home during a dangerous stretch of her pregnancy, according to a suit filed Wednesday in New York federal court.

Caroline Ruiz, New Avon LLC's former indirect procurement head, alleges the company violated state and federal disability and pregnancy discrimination laws by firing her rather than accommodating her request for a few days of bed rest, which her doctor recommended after she was rushed to the emergency room with "heavy bleeding."

"In connection with her doctors' advice to go on...

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