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George Lucas Pay$ Up For Firing Pregnant Woman

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WTF was he thinking?!

Execs at George Lucas' LucasFilm Ltd. will pay $113,830 in damages for firing a pregnant woman.

A Marin County jury ruled that June Gilman Veronese suffered discrimination while working at the company in 2008. She lost her job for being pregnant.

"People don't think pregnant women have the right to work, and this sends a huge message," said Veronese's attorney, Angela Alioto.

Although she is happy with the ruling, the plaintiff admits, "the litigation over the past year and a half was the most abusive process I've ever been through in my life."

LucasFilm is expected to appeal the decision.

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28 comments to “George Lucas Pay$ Up For Firing Pregnant Woman”

  1. 1

    What do you mean "WTF was he thinking"?? George didn't fire her, or was even involved in the case for that matter. The company fired her, he didn't. Not to mention that I doubt she was actually fired "for being pregnant", since I'm quite sure they would know better than that. She was probably fired for other reasons, and she's looking to cash in on a hot-button issue instead.

  2. 2

    I really think such laws are awe full, u chose to become pregnant , why should ure boss pay for it?? personal responsibility is gone .

  3. 3

    I believe that pregnant women have the right to work as long as they wish. But if a pregnant woman is slacking in her work or not being as productive and using pregnancy as an excuse she should be fired. The company cannot afford to lose money to pay a useless worker all because she went and got knocked up. If they can't handle working while being pregnant they should be fired without consequence to the company. I feel sorry for companies that are forced to lose money in productivity all because it is illegal to fire a woman who is pregnant even if she is slacking.

  4. 4

    Nice surprise last night! stwims. Nice to know you are yat too. ym ms! That day was tough for me too. About 2 weeks later was really tough! You said you dropped the ball. Wondering if you want to pick it back up? Looking forward to your e. 46 bg

  5. 5

    was he the one who knocked her up?

  6. 6

    Re: swissmiss989 – I hear you! I have one of those slackers at MY job!

  7. 7

    wow people commenting way to set back women's rights by years. I have never been pregnant, nut have you? I don't think someone should pass judgment on how well someone can do there job in that condition unless they themselves have been there.
    And no it is not a choice to have kids or work, where are we living the 1950s? People have the right to have a family as well as a job, and many need the job to support a growing family. The clear ignorance on this site sometimes is unreal.

  8. 8

    Re: Lady_Saccharine_Sweetness – i hear you! same here. we all have to pitch in to catch up her slack and she always tells us she cant do it because she is pregnant and it might hurt the baby… well then go find a sit on your ass job.

  9. 9

    where's your f'n neck!!!

  10. 10

    Okay George stop being a douche and pay the woman. Only a coward sends out press that he is not the one who fired her, (it was the company) , what a fricken joke. If you appeal the decision against a pregnant woman, then you suck worse than any of your movies.

  11. 11

    Perez, u got the story wrong. Angela Alioto is this chick's MOTHER IN LAW, this chick LIED in her job application. She was hired for a 30 day only job, not a permanent job, and right before her 1st day she phoned in that she just discovered she was pregnant and had morning sickness and couldn't work. She did not schedule a date to go to work. But she had known she was pregnant a MONTH BEFORE SHE APPLIED FOR THE JOB. LucasArts let the 30 days expire, since the woman never showed up for work and didn't arrange a return day. Angela Alioto is a laughing stock… The Lucas Companies are very PRO-WOMEN, pro-pregnancy, pro-family. They won awards all the time from 'Working MOther' Magazine and the like. This chick was setting Lucas's company up, with her shark mother in law giving her advice the whole time. They dragged Lucas onto the stand, even though he wasn't involved in the chick's hire. 75% of locals in a poll said they disagree with the jury's decision. This lying woman and her mother in law attorney give all working women, working mothers a BAD NAME… She's an entitled social climber who shot herself in the foot by not showing up to do the job she was hired to do. Shame on them…

  12. 12

    Everyone knows that Lucasfilms treats their employees like garbage. Shitty pay, long hours but you get "the privilege" to work for George ( you will not even acknowledge you and are told to not talk to).

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


    That's a practice that belongs to an earlier time. What an anachronism. Good to see she won the suit. What were they thinking? Pregnancy doesn't disable an individual, except perhaps a professional athlete in her third trimester, and only if they're on the playing field.

  14. 14

    Re: swissmiss989 – Because that's so easy with the state of the economy and all…

  15. 15

    i am about to start a lawsuit for being asked to leave a company because of pregnancy discrimination- believe it or not it happens. Basically, i have a long history of management, have been recruited by many businesses. I told the company i was pregnant, and it was not an issue. But basically, people really do believe its okay to make rude comments about getting pregnant, my circumstances, or my work abilities. My boss was a "old-fashioned"-nice way to say backwoods redneck, man in charge man, who would not lay off the pointless rude comments and jokes about me being "Knocked-up". I reported it to is boss, and they offered me a choice to drive an hour to the other location everyday, because he wouldn't guarantee he could stop saying these things. Basically, i could not afford this, and had to resign, and the company flew people in from across the country to try to make things better. But i can't survive. Let me tell you, nothing is scarier than having a life to take care of, and getting dismissed from hostile atmosphere at work by a bunch of men who still believe they are better than women

  16. 16

    Re: Lilah Pandora – exactly.., with the economy this bad what company can afford to pay a pregnant woman who can't fulfill her duties? they can only afford to pay workers who do their work and not sit there complaining about how sick they are and how much pain they are in. if you cant handle the full responsibilities of your job while pregnant then you need to quit or not bitch when you get fired. being pregnant should be no excuse for getting a free ride.

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  18. SFMom says – reply to this


    Re: MarinWriter – To "set them up" she would to have known they would fire her for being pregnant so that's really far fetched and still illegal. And 75% of Marin Locals voted against her in some small poll? Wouldn't be hard to get Lucas employees, like yourself, to vote for their boss…

  19. Juror says – reply to this


    Re: curiousred

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    Re: MarinWriter
    Lucas employees hard at work!

  21. 21

    haha if u cant do the job you cant do the job. i sure she was being lazy and her fat belly was knocking shit on the floor and they had to fire her. just because ur pregnant doesnt mean u get special teatment

  22. 22

    Perhaps it's just the company. I see pregnant grad students (chemists) in the lab all the time. One thing I'd like to see is paternity leave. That'd be great too.

  23. 23

    Why would they fire her for being pregnant. That's ridiculous.

  24. 24

    its not like pregnancy is a condition that she has to go through; wanna breed? ok then dont use your 'condition' as an excuse to be lazy or not work

  25. 25

    Serves the Supreme Ruler right! Lucasfilms should have been sued and lost the case. Lucas should watch his Star Wars movies again. He had Leia (Carrie Fisher) appear a very strong woman who could handle herself in any situation. Does he think that if she were pregnant she'd be any less capable? Shame on you sir!
    In response to those who think Lucasfilms (or any other company) has the right to terminate a woman just because she's pregnant: - Lucas is solely responsible for the company he runs - and believe you me - absolutely no employee at Lucasfilms dares make a move without his authorization.

  26. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Beaux10 – Good luck to you. The courts frown upon this sort of thing. Even Lucas lost. I hope you documented everything with dates, names, times and exact words said. That said, it sounds like a typical experience. I've run into that sort of thing over and over.

  27. Jaded says – reply to this


    I don't understand the beginning and end of this entry. Are they going to pay or are they appealing? Because you say they will pay, but if they are appealing they aren't likely to be paying.

  28. 28

    Hey Frankenberry: One again, your rip&read (you can read?) from others version of research has you gathered at the balls. Enjoyable for you, no doubt, but typical of not being weighted down (so to speak) with pesky facts. Those things are annoying, aren't they.