Pregnancy and animosity results in job loss, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Jun. 6, 2011, 2:28am

A woman has filed suit against the store that she claims terminated her after she got pregnant.

Beth Farmer claims she was working at defendant Casey's General Store when she was discharged on Oct. 23, 2009, after letting her bosses know of her pregnancy and plan to utilize her health insurance benefits and her rights under the Family Medical Leave Act.

In addition to Casey's General Store, Farmer names one of its employees, Lori Forsythe, as a defendant, saying Forsythe made the decision to terminate Farmer.

"The alleged basis for the above-referenced employment termination was Lori Forsythe's allegation that Beth Farmer failed to follow store policies," the suit states. "Beth Farmer did follow store policies similarly to other employees."

Forsythe actually decided to terminate Farmer because of personal animosity toward her, the complaint says.

Because of her job loss, Farmer lost wages and fringe benefits, according to the complaint filed May 27 in Madison County Circuit Court.

In her three-count complaint, Farmer is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

Michael J. Brunton of Brunton Law Offices in Collinsville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-506.

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