Hitchcock v. Angel Corps, Inc.

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Employment Discrimination
Case Number: 
No. 12-3515
Decision Date: 
June 11, 2013
Federal District: 
N.D. Ind., Ft. Wayne Div.
Reversed and remanded
Dist. Ct. erred in granting defendant-employer’s motion for summary judgment in Pregnancy Discrimination Act action alleging that defendant had terminated plaintiff after learning of her pregnancy. Record showed that plaintiff’s supervisor gave plaintiff extra duties shortly after learning of plaintiff’s pregnancy, and defendant proffered shifting and implausible reasons for plaintiff’s termination that related to plaintiff’s attempt to respond to concern that prospective home care client was actually deceased. Moreover, record contained evidence of supervisor’s anti-pregnancy animosity where supervisor asked plaintiff if she was quitting after birth of child and suggested to pregnant co-worker that she should get abortion because pregnancy could lead to attendance problems.