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Hinesville woman says she was fired for being pregnant

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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Daisy Arellano-Gaspar was the sole breadwinner for her family, working at a Hinesville Dairy Queen to support her two daughters.

She was fired two weeks ago.

Arellano-Gaspar believes she lost her job because she was pregnant.

Monday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new guidelines barring discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace, welcome news for Arellano-Gaspar, who has filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC.

According to termination paperwork the Hinesville Dairy Queen filed with the Georgia Department of Labor, Arellano-Gaspar was fired because she "wasn't truthful," that she "kept denying" that she was "almost six months pregnant."

Nila Patel is part owner of that Hinesville Dairy Queen and says Arellano-Gaspar didn't tell her she was pregnant but told her co-workers. Patel said she urged Arellano-Gaspar to take it easy, but she wouldn't listen.

"I say 'You need to rest," Patel said, "But she needed money, so she [was] not going to leave."

Arellano-Gaspar gave her boss a note from her doctor saying that she was cleared to work as long as she didn't lift more than 25 pounds.

She said she followed doctor's orders and her boss's orders that she stop mopping, walking up and down stairs and lifting buckets of ice.

Patel contends that heavier work continued, despite her orders.

Arellano-Gaspar said she sucked in her stomach all day long at the Dairy Queen, afraid she'd loose her job.

"I cry to my husband sometimes, I just can't take it anymore," she said.

Her complaint currently is pending before the EEOC.

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