Valley Woman Says She Lost Job Because She's Pregnant

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- Margo Sams says she needs a job to save up for her next baby. She already has two girls to take care of.

Sams says she applied for a job at the Hot Wok in the Staunton Mall and was immediately hired, set to start work the next day, until it all changed.

"When I was talking to the lady, I was leaned over the counter, being very casual," said Sams. "I had my ball cap on and a t-shirt. It was then that I leaned back, and she saw my belly and she gave me this awkward look."

She says the manager took away the job offer because she's pregnant.

"It made me feel like I was disabled. I was being treated like I had a disability, not like I was pregnant," said Sams.

Sams says she's more than able to do the work required until she has the baby.

"It's like if I can't put some money in a register and drive some chinese food to somebody's house, what can I do? I might as well just stay home, like I'm doing now," said Sams.

She says she's worried now for other women like herself, facing discrimination in the workplace.

Sams says the job would have been temporary until she had the baby, and she didn't expect to make money while on maternity leave.

WHSV reached out to the manager at Hot Wok and he declined to comment.


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