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Women claim they were fired for being pregnant

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BARTLETT, TN (WMC) -

Two women who worked as servers at Noodles Asian Bistro in Bartlett say they were told they were “too big” to serve.

One woman said, “It doesn't look like it would be something possible in this day and age.”

According to a federal lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the women were fired in 2013 because they were pregnant.

Both of the women say they told their managers they were pregnant. A few months later, one of the women claims the owner said she was too big to wait tables and that she would be removed from the schedule. She was told she could come back after she gave birth. 

The woman said she asked if she could be a hostess; she was told, 'no.'

The second woman said her manager would frequently ask her how far along she was in her pregnancy and when she was due. Not long after, she was told business was slow and he would contact her after she had the baby.

The owner of the restaurant said he was hiring a lawyer and did not want to comment.

EEOC attorneys said in a press release, “Not only can women work while pregnant, they have a right to do so."

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