On April 9, 2015, Outten & Golden LLP and our co-counsel, The Liu Law Firm P.C. and Equal Rights Advocates, filed a pregnancy discrimination class action lawsuit against Raley’s Family of Fine Stores in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sacramento. The case, Borrego v. Raley’s Family of Fine Stores (Case No. 34-2015-00177687), was brought by two former Raley’s workers on behalf of themselves and all current and former female Raley’s employees who were denied reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions since 2011.
The class action complaint alleges that Raley’s has violated the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and the California Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) by denying pregnant workers the same “light duty” accommodations as they provide to workers injured on the job. Raley’s denial of reasonable working accommodations to pregnant workers has negatively affected the economic stability of pregnant workers and their families.
The complaint states, “Pregnant workers rely upon their jobs to earn income to support themselves and their families. Without reasonable accommodations to help them stay in the workforce, many pregnant women are forced to take unpaid leave or are deprived of their jobs altogether. Given the difficulties that unemployed pregnant workers and new mothers often encounter when looking for new jobs, these women often end up out of work for many months.”
As a result of Raley’s denial of reasonable accommodations, Plaintiffs and Class Members have suffered lost wages, employment benefits, and other compensation and benefits obtained through employment at the supermarket. Plaintiffs, Lucianna Borrego and Kirsten Kelly, seek declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief for themselves and all Class Members.
Raley’s operates 115 supermarkets in California and employs roughly 13,000 workers company-wide, averaging 100 employees per store.
To view a copy of the complaint, please click here.