NastyGal’s Super-Cool #GirlBoss Fired Her Pregnant Employees
Nasty Gal, your one stop destination for too-short club dresses and #feminist #GirlBoss inspo, is being sued by a former employee, who claims that the company is a “horrible place to work for professional women who become pregnant.” The lawsuit, filed by ex-employee Aimee Concepcion, claims that Nasty Gal fired her and three other pregnant women. For a company that purports to support and empower women, this is pretty, pretty bad.
According to the suit, filed on March 10th in Los Angeles, Concepcion was recruited by Nasty Gal to work in their new “Home Goods” section, and was consistently praised and received “high marks on her performance reviews.” However, once she found out she was pregnant, her employment with the company was “doomed.” The lawsuit states that “shortly thereafter, when Plaintiff was 7 months pregnant, Nasty Gal notified Plaintiff that she would be terminated along with at least three other colleagues who were either pregnant, set to go on maternity/paternity leave, or already on maternity leave.” These firings were presented to the public as part of a larger movement to “reorganize” the business, which is clearly bullshit, if you consider the fact that “Nasty Gal told Plaintiff she could continue working up until the date she gave birth but that she could not return afterward.”
Concepcion was obviously a valuable employee. According to her supervisor, Camilla Whitman, she was an excellent employee, “on track to beat her forecast and reach her personal goals.” But, when she found out she was pregnant, NastyGal stayed true to their name and denied her any and all of her legal rights. They presented her with a document entitled “Nasty Gal – Maternity Leave Made Easy”, which stated that “the company is only required to give her six weeks of leave if she undergoes a vaginal birth or eight weeks of leave if she undergoes a cesarean section during pregnancy.” This draconian policy is in direct violation of the state of California’s various laws in support of pregnant women. The California Family Rights Act allows for 12 weeks of time off within a year for childbirth, but only if you have worked at least 1,250 hours in the year before the leave date.
If you’re not covered under the CFRA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Leave Law has your back. Under this law, any employer that provides health insurance for their employee is obligated to provide up to four months of pregnancy disability leave, and the rules of the CFRA don’t apply. Any way you slice it, Nasty Gal is fucking up, big time.
The entire complaint is available here, and is a compelling, upsetting read. Concepcion is requesting damages for discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful termination.
[Photo via Getty Images]