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Disney Beats Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

Disney is no rookie when it comes to being sued. From theme park incidents to Cast Member claims – we’re sure they’ve seen it all. A recent case has closed, ending with Disney winning out against a pregnancy discrimination claim.



As shared by TheHollywoodReporter: Steven Van Soeren in November sued Disney Streaming Service (formerly BAMtech). He alleged HR ignored his complaints about harassment involving his procreation and he was terminated shortly after taking a two-week paternity leave. Van Soeren, who worked for the company from Aug. 2016 through May 2019, also said his colleagues referenced topics that he had either discussed only at home or viewed on his personal computer at home, leading him to believe his computer had been hacked.


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Disney in June filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, arguing that pregnancy discrimination laws “only provide protection to a pregnant employee.” U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald agreed, finding that Van Soeren can’t get past the first test of a Title VII claim because he isn’t a member of a protected class. “Being  new parent” isn’t enough, she found, and Title VII “does not protect an employee whose spouse is pregnant.” Buchwald also found that Van Soeren’s FMLA claim fails because he was able to take his paternity leave “without incident” and declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the remaining state law claims.

Source: TheHollywoodReporter

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.