A former cosmetics saleswoman for Procter & Gamble Co. is suing the company, claiming that she was fired after becoming pregnant and being told earlier by a supervisor that “pregnancy is not part of the uniform.” In the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan on Friday, Tiffany Kantrowitz alleges that she worked at P&G’s Dolce & Gabbana makeup shop inside Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for two years before being fired.
Kantrowitz says she was fired by P&G in February 2015 after asking to be allowed to sit down while dealing with customers because she was pregnant. Instead of accommodating Kantrowitz’s request P&G allegedly forced her to take breaks that were deducted from the leave time she was entitled to under the Family and Medical Leave Act, in violation of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act and a similar New York City law. “For P&G, which is ever vigilant about the image of its makeup shop sales associates, pregnancy did not comport with the ‘perfect look,'” the lawsuit alleges.
According to her suit, Kantrowitz alleges that before she became pregnant, she told a supervisor she wanted children, who responded that “pregnancy is not part of the uniform.” The suit further asserts that when Kantrowitz was fired, the company told her it was because she had taken “tester” items for personal use. Kantrowitz claims, howeverm that P&G encourages its cosmetics staff to do so, and never warned Kantrowitz against it during her time with the company.
P&G maintains a licensing deal with Italian design house Dolce & Gabbana to manufacture, market and sell Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics. Neither Dolce and Gabbana nor Saks was named in the lawsuit.
Kantrowitz is seeking compensatory, statutory, and punative damages, as well as declaratory and injunctive relief.