Target: Procter & Gamble CEO David S. Taylor
Goal: Provide financial restitution to an employee who was allegedly discriminated against because she became pregnant.
A woman was fired from her job as retaliation after she submitted complaints about the company’s refusal to accommodate her pregnancy despite this being illegal, according to her lawsuit. Tiffany Kantrowitz was working as a salesperson for a Procter & Gamble (P&G) Dolce and Gabbana shop when she became pregnant and started experiencing the negative symptoms associated with pregnancy. However, she continued to go to work.
According to the plaintiff, she eventually asked for small accommodations when she started feeling faint–simply a stool she could sit on while speaking with customers so she didn’t pass out and hurt herself. Both New York State and federal law require employers to provide accommodations for pregnant employees and protect them from discrimination, including being fired for asking for a stool.
Kantrowitz also says that before becoming pregnant, she was given strict appearance guidelines and told that “Pregnancy is not part of the uniform” by a manager. If the allegations are true, it’s clear that P&G is in violation of the law and therefore must compensate its former employee for firing her.
No one should be forced to stand on their feet all day if they’re pregnant. Such practices are a danger to both the pregnant person and the fetus’ health. Sign our petition to demand that P&G pay Ms. Kantrowitz for its discriminatory actions and revamp its policies to ensure nothing like this happens again.
Dear Mr. Taylor,
A Dolce and Gabbana shop stands accused of discriminating against a woman for becoming pregnant and refusing reasonable accommodations for her. Despite having a difficult pregnancy with many unpleasant side effects, Tiffany Kantrowitz showed up to work and did the best she could to represent the company. Then, according to the lawsuit, her requests for a stool to sit on were denied after she started feeling faint during the day. She was later reportedly fired for complaining about the lack of any accommodations.
The idea that a pregnant person should be denied a stool and forced to stand on her feet all day is cruel and ludicrous. Kantrowitz could have fainted and hurt herself and her child because your company is apparently more concerned with profits and appearance than the basic health of its employees. If the allegations are true, you are also in violation of both state and federal laws that protect pregnant people from this kind of discrimination.
These allegations need to be immediately investigated by Procter & Gamble and, if found true, you must immediately provide the plaintiff with financial restitution for her distress and lost wages. You then need to create a new line of policies ensuring that all of the companies you own abide by the law by not discriminating against pregnant people and providing adequate accommodations to protect their health.
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