Greenwich woman sues Party City, says she was fired over pregnancy
GREENWICH — A Greenwich woman is suing her former employer in federal court, claiming she lost her job after getting pregnant.
Lyndsay Cafagno had been working for Party City, a large retail chain selling party goods and supplies, since 2012, training staff, specifically for wedding events. She mostly worked remotely, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, traveling on occasion to the company’s offices in Rockaway, N.J., and Elmsford, N.Y.
She took leaves of absences for the birth of her first two children, and in the fall of 2017, became pregnant with her third child. Doctors informed her it was a “high-risk pregnancy” and advised against any travel. Cafagno was expected to return to work on Feb. 23, 2018, according to court papers.
Cafagno was later given a leave of absence until April 23, 2018. Cafagno’s doctor wrote that she could return to work with several restrictions, according to the lawsuit.
On April 13, 2018, according to the lawsuit, Cafagno was terminated by Party City “without proper explanation or justification.” The lawsuit states, “[Party City] simply chose not to provide any reasonable accommodations and instead replace [Cafagno] with someone who was not pregnant.”
The lawsuit cites the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act.
Party City sent an email Thursday: “Per our company policy, Party City is unable to comment on matters of pending litigation.”
Cafagno is seeking back wages following her job-loss, as well as punitive damages. The lawsuit states, “She was an exemplary employee who did not deserve to be unlawfully terminated after years of loyal service.”
Her case has elicited interest from the National Action Network, a civil-rights organization run by the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Franklyn Richardson. Richardson sent a letter of protest to Party City last week regarding Cafagno’s employment status.
Cafagno has been working as a florist since her departure from Party City.