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New Case: Conductor Fired from International Tour for Pregnancy

January 22, 2014 | by
eimearEqual Rights Advocates client Eímear Noone is an accomplished and well-known conductor. Most recently, she conducted the international The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour, to rave reviews. But after becoming dizzy after a performance in the 26th week of her pregnancy, Eimear requested that the producers of the show, Jason Michael Paul Productions, provide her with a stool during the lengthy on-stage producer remarks.

Instead of providing their pregnant employee the stool, Jason Michael Paul denied Eímear’s request for accommodation of her pregnancy, and eventually terminated her employment.

Eímear is being represented by Equal Rights Advocates, and her case, which is currently under investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, was featured in this week’s issue of the East Bay Express.

Equal Rights Advocates Legal Director Jennifer Reisch told the Express:

“The producer essentially saw her pregnancy as a problem,” said Jennifer Reisch, legal director at Equal Rights Advocates. “Rather than working with her to make it possible for her to continue, [owner Jason Michael Paul] removed her from the tour. We think it’s a pretty clear case of discrimination based on pregnancy.”

Check out the rest of the story, “Fired for Being Pregnant.” And stay tuned to our blog for more updates on Eímear’s case.

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