Simon Property Group Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

A 33-year-old Union City woman has filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the company that manages the Stanford Shopping Center, alleging she was fired without cause just days before she was slated to return to work.

Angelina Duran is seeking an unspecified amount of money in her suit against Simon Property Group, an Indiana-based real estate company. The suit alleges the company violated the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by discriminating against Duran because of her sex and firing her because she was pregnant and took maternity leave.

Duran, then a marketing administrative assistant for the company, went on approved maternity leave Feb. 24, 2010, and was to return to work June 7, 2010, according to the lawsuit. But five days before her scheduled return, the company notified her that she had been fired and her replacement hired, the suit says.

Her personnel file says she was fired for not returning from maternity leave, according to the suit. Duran argues she sent an e-mail to the company’s human resources department notifying it of her anticipated return date and never received a response.

Duran also argues she was praised her first nine months on the job, but her relationship with her boss immediately soured after she announced she was pregnant. The shopping center’s management team created a hostile work environment, the suit alleges.

The suit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Feb. 17.


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