Ohio woman alleges pregnancy led to firing

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio woman who says a religious-based community organization fired her because she was pregnant and unmarried has sued the group in federal court.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its Ohio affiliate filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Dayton on behalf of Jennifer Maudlin.

The lawsuit charges that Inside Out fired Maudlin after she divulged she was pregnant. The lawsuit says the Springfield organization violated laws prohibiting sex and pregnancy discrimination and employment discrimination.

Inside Out Director William Stout didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

The lawsuit says the Springfield woman was a cook at Inside Out between 2008 and 2012. She is seeking more than $500,000 in damages and back pay, and a court order prohibiting the group from discriminating on the basis of sex or pregnancy.

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