Office staffer accuses auto body business of pregnancy discrimination

By Michael Abella | Sep 15, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — An Illinois woman is suing a Madison County auto body business, alleging pregnancy discrimination.

EDWARDSVILLE — An Illinois woman is suing a Madison County auto body business, alleging pregnancy discrimination.

Ashley Klaus filed a lawsuit Sept. 7 in Madison County Circuit Court against Cross Auto Body & Towing Inc., alleging violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, in December 2014, Klaus was terminated from her job as a secretarial and office worker while she was on pregnancy leave. Her baby was born Nov. 15, 2014. 

The suit says Cross Auto Body's actions caused her to suffer damages, including lost wages and benefits, humiliation, embarrassment and emotional distress. The plaintiff alleges the defendant subjected her to sex and pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and unlawful termination.

Klaus seeks trial by jury, judgment for compensatory damages of more than $75,000, plus attorney fees, court costs and expenses. 

She is represented by attorney Lee W. Barron of Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1265

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