In November, when she was 20 weeks pregnant, Garcia asked to leave work because she was feeling tremendous pelvic pressure. According to the lawsuit, her manager told her to finish her shift because the store was expecting a visit from corporate leadership.
That night, Garcia went into early labor and was rushed to a hospital, where she gave birth to a baby girl who died 10 minutes after delivery.
Despite having been an exemplary employee, Garcia said she was stripped of supervisorial responsibilities and then given a harsh review after returning to work following the incident.
Albertsons officials said in a statement that the company has “a proactive policy of accommodating pregnancy-related disabilities and consistently works with pregnant associates and their medical professionals.”
The 30-year-old's union has not responded to requests for comments.