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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:46 PM

Worker Sues Employer For The Death Of Her Baby

Well, how's that FREE MARKET helping American workers? I thought the FREE MARKET was better than...gasp! UNIONS! WORKPLACE REGULATIONS!...because business owners have workers' interests in mind enough for those big government bureaucrats to f___ off, right? Not for this supermarket worker:

Reyna García, a 30-year-old woman who works for the California grocery chain Albertsons, has filed a lawsuit claiming that the company refused to accomodate her pregnancy, which led to the death of her baby, the Huffington Post reports.

In her complaint, she says “that she presented her superiors with three separate doctor’s notes explaining her high-risk pregnancy and asking that her job duties be restricted,” the Huffington Post’s Dave Jamieson reports. Her role as merchandise manager involves loading and unloading pallets of heavy goods, climbing ladders, and moving pallet jacks carrying hundreds of pounds of product. She told her store manager that she has a history of pre-term delivery, but her requests to be shifted to lighter duty at the deli counter or in customer service were denied, her complaint states. She kept working because she couldn’t afford to lose the income and health insurance.

One day last November, she asked to leave work while in pain, but her request was denied and she continued her heavy lifting duties. She went into labor that night and rushed to the hospital. There she was informed that her baby was losing fluid and sustaining brain damage. She gave birth two days later, but the baby only lived for a few minutes.

According to the suit, Jamieson writes, “Baby Jade’s death over those several minutes was the most painful thing Ms. García had ever experienced.”


But those red states like Texas want to shut down Planned Parenthood...where are the bills to shut down businesses like Wal Mart and Albertson's that treat pregnant workers like this? I hope Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis introduces such a bill!

Despite this story I haven't heard about PRO LIFE activists boycotting Albertson's or Wal Mart (the TP story linked also relays a similar incident at Wal Mart.)

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alp227 Jun 2013 OP
HiPointDem Jun 2013 #1
4Q2u2 Jun 2013 #2
newfie11 Jun 2013 #3
Baitball Blogger Jun 2013 #4
silvershadow Jun 2013 #5
BlueNAlabama Jun 2013 #6
MsPithy Jun 2013 #7
secondwind Jun 2013 #8
Cleita Jun 2013 #9
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2013 #10
mountain grammy Jun 2013 #11
Sherman A1 Jun 2013 #12
JoeyT Jun 2013 #13

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:47 PM

1. kr.

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:13 PM

2. Dispicable!

I guess common sense is not to common at Albertsons. Pregnant woman and heay lifting usually do not go together, let alone one with health issues. Good point about no boycott.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:13 PM

3. K&r

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:16 PM

4. sad k&r.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:24 PM

5. K&R

 

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:38 PM

6. Former Slave State Response

 

Had that happened in Alabama, Bubbah the boss would have said, "hell woman, back in the good old days our slaves would deliver a bastard child and be back in the field, picking cotton the same day. You're lucky to have a job."

Technically, we don't call it slavery anymore but...............

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:48 PM

7. It seems she has an excellent case.

Sad to say.

It sometimes helps to turn a tragedy into something that will help others avoid the same pain.

Good luck to you, Ms Garcia.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:24 PM

8. K&R

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:43 PM

9. When did Albertson's become non-union? They used to be although I haven't shopped there in

years since they closed the store I once shopped in. I remember back twelve years ago or so when they went on strike and I had to shop at Ralph's so as not to cross the picket line there.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:58 PM

10. sad story

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:40 PM

11. No no no.. the only fetus Republicans care about is one that may be aborted...

They will cut funding for prenatal care in a fetal heartbeat.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:52 PM

12. The loss of the baby is tragic

but, and it might just be me, but I don't think all the facts are presented in the piece.

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:01 AM

13. Those pallet jacks can be a bastard.

I've seen grown men, construction workers, that could just barely move them without much of a load. If they aren't properly maintenanced, they're hell to drag around even when unloaded.

It would take a real shithead to demand a pregnant woman haul one around.

I hope she wins a judgement large enough to hurt them.

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