Woman Sues Over Halliburton's 'Anti-Procreation Policy'

Worker claims she was fired for being pregnant
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2010 2:44 AM CST
Updated Dec 29, 2010 7:49 AM CST
Energy contractor Halliburton is being sued by a former employee for discrimination and wrongful termination.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Does everybody's favorite energy contractor, Halliburton, hate procreation? A former Halliburton employee is suing the company for wrongful termination and sex discrimination because, in the words of her lawyer, "she apparently violated the company's policy against procreation." Halliburton said it fired the pregnant administrative associate as part of general lay-offs, but the canned worker points out no one else in her department was fired, including people with less experience.

Additionally, soon after the firing Halliburton briefly posted a job listing online for her former position, reports the Dallas Observer. The woman's lawyer, Todd Kelly, has sued Halliburton several times in recent years, including over the gang-rape of a woman at former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, a defense contractor. "I don't believe that Halliburton treats its women as they should," Kelly said. The rape case led Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to sponsor a defense bill amendment stipulating that defense contractors can't bar lawsuits from employees for sex assault.
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