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Miriam Automotive Case

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Darren Mohamed Bandag Automotive Questions
Question #5
The issues surrounding Miriam, the controller, claim in my opinion relates to three main issues: 1) Her pregnancy, 2) the forged document and 3) her work performance.
Her claim that the firing is really in retaliation to her extended time off for pregnancy and her requesting restricted hours of work certainly raises suspicion, coming so close to this. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces discrimination based on retaliation and pregnancy. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act 1978 (PDA) prohibits discrimination against pregnant women, and related conditions as follows:
" If a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the employer or other covered
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However, the seriousness of the reason advanced by the manager Jim, regarding the forged document and also her work performance needs to be considered. Her firing was two months after returning to work from her pregnancy which certainly make it appear, somewhat, that the company acted with some degree of fairness. There is no report she was given an opportunity to defend herself against the charges. There is also no report she was given any warning on her work performance dropping.
Some types of issues decisions are clear and call for immediate dismissal for example theft and violence. The seriousness of forging a document depends on the document and can go both ways, with warnings which can lead to dismissal if continued, but in other cases may be serious enough to warrant immediate dismissal. These were not serious enough to warrant the immediate action as no action was taken and the employee is told of this at the time of the dismissal. Moreover, to be fair, the employee should be give a chance to defend herself against the
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