Tiffany Kantrowitz, a Procter & Gamble (“P&G”) employee, sold Dolce and Gabbana beauty products at a makeup counter at Saks 5th Avenue in Manhattan. When she became pregnant in October 2014, she began to have brief spells of nausea and dizziness. P&G repeatedly thwarted her requests to simply sit down for a few minutes while working while she waited for her symptoms to pass. In the months after P&G became aware that she was pregnant, it became clear that P&G refused to accommodate her because it did not want a pregnant women selling its beauty products. P&G eventually terminated her for storing “tester” items in a company-provided clear plastic bag–a practice that was commonplace and accepted among Ms. Kantrowitz’s peers.
On April 18, Beranbaum Menken filed a lawsuit on Ms. Kantrowitz’s behalf in federal court, alleging discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, 42 U.S.C. § 1981A, the American with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq., as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and the New York City Human Rights Law.
This case has been reported on by a number of media outlets. A recent in-depth article discusses Ms. Kantrowitz’s case in the context of the challenges working pregnant women face nationwide.