A Virginia woman is suing the restaurant where she worked as a waitress, charging that the owner fired her after she refused to have an abortion. According to the Roanoke Times, seventeen-year-old Abigail Shomo had worked for about four months at Mi Puerto, a restaurant owned by Leopoldo Florez Aguirre Sr., when she became pregnant by Aguirre’s son, Leopoldo Florez Aguirre Jr.
According to the lawsuit, after finding out that Shomo was pregnant, Aguirre Sr. ordered that she be fired, telling her, the lawsuit alleges, that “although he was happy with her work, [she] was pregnant; that in his opinion, customers did not want to see ‘a belly’ on their waitresses; and that customers wanted a slim young waitress.”
The lawsuit charges that upon finding out that his father planned to fire Shomo, the younger Aguirre advised that she abort her baby, even offering to pay for the procedure. Shomo said that she refused to comply, citing her religious beliefs.
Keith Finch, an attorney for the restaurant, called the charges that his client discriminated against Shomo “absolutely false,” telling the Christian Post that the woman has failed to substantiate that his client demanded she have an abortion, or that Aquirre Jr. is actually the father.Continue Reading on thenewamerican.com