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June 09, 2003
Court: Doctor Discriminated against Pregnant Worker
New York's highest court ruled that a doctor discriminated against a pregnant office worker when he fired her because of his wife's unfounded accusations of an affair, the Associated Press reports. The court's decision reverses a lower court's ruling.

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The Court of Appeals found that substantial evidence of discrimination existed and a lower court shouldn't have based its decision on evidence that the doctor was trying to save his marriage, according to the AP.

According to court documents, the doctor's wife had called the employee, accused her of having an affair with the doctor that resulted in her pregnancy, and told her to "get out." A short while later, the doctor called the office worker and fired her, giving her a week's wages and pay for unused vacation time, the AP reports.

The court's ruling sends the case back to the Appellate Division to determine the amount of compensation, which the state's Human Rights division said should be $168,414 in back pay and $10,000 for mental anguish.

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