CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman says she was fired from her
job because she requested time off for prenatal care.
Vanessa Swigart filed a lawsuit April 15 in Kanawha Circuit
Court against National Travel Service Inc., alleging employment discrimination
and violations of West Virginia’s Human Rights Act.
According to the complaint, Swigart started working as a receptionist
for National Travel last September, and received a certificate of achievement
in November for good work performance. However, the suit says that once she
requested time off for prenatal care appointments and sought information about
maternity leave, supervisors began complaining about the quality of her work.
The plaintiff states that National Travel then posted an advertisement
for her job, despite telling her they couldn’t give her job away because she
was pregnant. Although Swigart was never disciplined or written up for
performance issues, she was terminated on Jan. 27, approximately three weeks
before the birth of her child, the suit says.
Swigart seeks a jury trial, punitive and compensatory damages,
interest and litigation costs. She is represented by attorney Kathy A. Brown of
Kathy Brown Law PLLC in Charleston.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-579