Avon ladies sue company for allegedly discriminating against pregnant, nursing workers

One woman says she was quickly fired because she was pregnant, summarily terminated on a day she travelled to the office when she was supposed to be on bed rest.

Another new mother said she had to cut short her nursing because bosses didn’t care about giving her a place to store breast milk.

Those are some of the allegations in a discrimination lawsuit filed Tuesday by two former employees of Avon AVP, -0.50% in Manhattan Federal Court.

The alleged conduct would have been bad anywhere — but it was “especially cruel” that it was happening at Avon, a beauty company founded in 1886 and long associated with female empowerment and entrepreneurship, lawyers for the women said.

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