Employer Allegedly Gives Pregnant Teen an Ultimatum: Have an Abortion or Lose Your Job
An 18-year-old receptionist has accused her employer of firing her after she refused to get an abortion.
Christina Garcia was hired as a receptionist at ID Doctors in Bedford, Texas, in August 2010. Seven months later, she told her employer, Meenakshi Prabhakar that she was pregnant.
Prabhakar allegedly responded angrily and told Garcia that the pregnancy was not “a good image for him.” He also told the teen that she would need an abortion to keep her job, which he will pay for, along with other things.
“He would pay for college. He would pay to get a psychiatrist or whatever I needed for counseling,” recalled Garcia. “The only thing is that I would have to get the abortion and I would have to maintain birth control.”
Garcia allegedly refused the shocking offer, and was fired from her job less than a week later. Now, Garcia has filed suit for wrongful termination, asking for a large compensation along with a reinstatement of her job.
Nalini Samuel, an employee in Prabhakar’s office claims that the allegations are false and is simply a shakedown for money. “Ask her about her criminal record,” he also added.
Prabhakar’s attorney Brian C. Newby also issued a statement: “My clients vehemently deny this fabricated and frivolous lawsuit for wrongful termination. They have not discriminated against or wrongfully terminated this former employee or any other employee.”