LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates recently issued a statement regarding the discrimination allegations made against Bayer by the company’s former Vice President, Irene Laurora. Ms. Laurora claims she was fired after arguing her pregnant co-worker should not be taken off of a project just because she wanted to take maternity leave.

“Pregnant women should never fear that they are missing out on a job opportunity by taking the maternity leave they are legally owed,” Shegerian says. “And no employee should feel they will be harshly and unfairly penalized for voicing their concerns over unethical and illegal discrimination.”

“If these allegations are true, Ms. Laurora has demonstrated incredible bravery in the face of adversity, not once, but twice,” Shegerian continues. “She had the courage to defend her pregnant co-worker in front of her superiors, and then to defend all employees’ rights by taking legal action against Bayer.”

“Unfortunately, these allegations are very similar to the gender discrimination claims made against another pharmaceutical giant, Merck (MRK), earlier this year,” Shegerian states. “These cases show it is possible for victims to seek justice against their employers, regardless of the company’s size or perceived power within the industry.”

Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators, Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.

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