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WTF?? Did Hobby Lobby Really Fire An Employee For Being PREGNANT?!

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Felicia Allen was hired as a part-time cashier at Hobby Lobby in Mississippi before learning she was pregnant — it wasn't long at all after she started her new job that she found out she was four months pregnant with her third child.

Since she only just started her job, she was unable to qualify for the federal Family Leave Medical Act. So she talked to her supervisor.

Felicia said:

"I asked her would I lose my job due to me being four months and only having five months before I have my child. She told me 'no.' I felt like everything was OK. I had talked to my boss, and she let me know that everything would be OK. I would still have my job."

But five months later, when she applied for medical leave, she was told she'd have to be fired. Oh but she was allowed to reapply to her old position again later if she wanted.

She never got her job back.

What's worse is they fought her on applying for unemployment benefits, with Hobby Lobby going as far as to allegedly give a false version of events to the unemployment office.

Oh and she can't even sue Hobby Lobby because all their employees have to sign a contract saying all disputes will be settled outside of court.

Thankfully she was able to get on unemployment, but seriously? Hobby Lobby had to put a fight like this?

For a company that refuses to pay for women's contraceptives because it cares about unborn babies, they certainly don't seem like they care about unborn babies.

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11 comments to “WTF?? Did Hobby Lobby Really Fire An Employee For Being PREGNANT?!”

  1. MariaS says – reply to this


    Typical, we'll not help you prevent a pregnancy and when you are pregnant, you're on your own! Time for women to vote for people who respect our autonomy and our right to make our own reproductive choices.

  2. JNY says – reply to this


    First of all, if Unemployment is denying benefits there is a good reason as to it–she either had some Gross Misconduct issue or quit on her own. Likely, her state wasn't one of the few with a temporary disability/maternity leave and she called out too much or the job became too difficult for her to keep working. Once she does "quit" or stop working, then comes the pregnancy itself–she's no longer "ABLE AND AVAILABLE." she *CAN"T* collect unemployment, because she isn't able or available to work!! What likely happened was she couldn't work, or stopped due to her pregnancy, applied for unemployment and they said "you're not able/available to work." Again, depends on how early she stopped working also… This snippet is far from the whole story.

  3. 3

    lol. yeah right. i'll wait for the truth.

  4. 4

    Wonder if there is a pattern here with Ms. Allen.

  5. Stephanie says – reply to this


    I work in public education. I was let go after filing for FMLA with my first son. Most employers require that someone be employed for one full year before receiving FMLA benefits. It isn't a Hobby Lobby thing.

  6. 6

    Re: JNY – She got unemployment. Re: Stephanie – "MOst employers require…" they "require" that because THAT IS THE LAW!!!! That is the way the FMLA reads! You MUST work 12 consecutive months with ANY employer befofre you are eligible for FMLA leave. Then you also MUST use all available time off (vacation/sick days) BEFORE FMLA kicks in. She was not there 1 year, so she did not qualify for FMLA.

    Many larger companies have a policy that if you are not on the payroll for 30 days, you fall off their payroll register and are no longer employed. That may be a Hobby Lobby policy. It was for the retailer I worked for many years ago. They are NOT required to hold a job open for her under those circumstances nor are they required to rehire her.

  7. Amanda Gubelman says – reply to this


    The Family Medical Leave Act requires that an employee have worked for their employer for 12 consecutive months and at least 1250 hours to qualify for FMLA. Hobby Lobby was within their right to do this. That would be the same for any employer, unless they were operating in a state that had additional leave options, or if the company themselves had additional leave options they provided to their employees above the FMLA entitlement.

  8. Kate says – reply to this


    "Thankfully she was put on unemployment" Oh yea, thank goodness her and her three children will now be dependent on the income of somebody else.

  9. Misty says – reply to this


    What I find funny is how she "didn't know she was pregnant" when she started the job but AFTER starting the job "found out" she was 4 months pregnant. BS. She knew she was pregnant and just didn't tell them. I don't feel the least bit sorry for her. Should have been honest to begin with.

  10. Misty says – reply to this


    Re: Misty – Let me rephrase that… There's a good possibility she knew she was pregnant and didn't tell them. Guess we'll never know for sure…

  11. 11

    "Didn't know she was pregnant" for four months and just found out after starting the job… riiiiiiiiiight.