Arleja was a hard-working customer-service manager at a Washington, DC, Walmart when she found out she was pregnant. She tried to keep the news quiet, because she had seen Walmart treat other women unfairly when managers found out they were pregnant. She didn’t want to lose her job. Unfortunately though, Arleja started having complications with her pregnancy, and even though her doctor told her she needed to go to the hospital, Arleja didn’t go until she found someone to cover her shifts. The doctor told her to stay home from work for a few days to rest, and even though she communicated this to store personnel, she was eventually fired from Walmart because of her absences. She had doctor’s notes, but the store didn’t accept them.
In Washington, DC, it is illegal to discriminate against pregnant workers. Click here to read more about Arleja and sign her petition below that tells Walmart to treat pregnant workers with respect.