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Oregon woman says she was fired because she was pregnant

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Claudia Melesio-Rojas Claudia Melesio-Rojas
GRESHAM, Ore. (WFSB/CBS) -

A woman in a Portland, OR, suburb is suing her former employer saying they terminated her after they discovered she had become pregnant.

Claudia Melesio-Rojas, who said she worked as a shift leader at Del Taco in Gresham when she became pregnant, was fired from her job this February.

According to a lawsuit filed against Si-Pac Foods and her former managers, Melesio-Rojas was told last year that shift leaders were prohibited from becoming pregnant because "they need to be present and available at any time in order to perform their duties."

Her lawsuit goes on to claim that the company claimed her firing was because "a customer complained about not receiving all his food," however, her suit goes on to say that "was used as an excuse to terminate her because of her pregnancy."

In addition to the wrongful firing, the lawsuit also claims Del Taco still owes Melesio-Rojas wages that were due upon her termination.

The manager of the Del Taco had no comment on the lawsuit. However, the fast food chain's attorney did release a statement that read: "The Oregon Bureau of Labor (and Industries) reviewed Ms. Melesio-Rojas' allegations of pregnancy discrimination and found that there were insufficient evidence to support them. Consequently, Bureau of Labor and Industries closed its investigation."

Melesio-Rojas is however moving forward with her suit and suing her former employer for more than $200,000.

Since the firing, Melesio-Rojas has given birth to a baby boy.

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