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Employee Terminated in Discrimination Case

A federal appeals court has ruled that a woman who was fired approximately a month after she gave birth to a disabled child can pursue her claim of discrimination. The decision overturns a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of the company, which prevented the woman from taking her case to court. The judge ruled that the timing of the termination and the birth along with the woman’s successful 12-year career and excellent performance reviews were sufficient to move the case forward. (Strate v. Midwest Bankcentre, Inc., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, No. 03-4039, 2005).