Spanish authorities reject calls to investigate firing of waitress who refused to undergo abortion

.- The civil organization E-Cristians has denounced Spanish officials for refusing to investigate the firing of a waitress at a restaurant in Gerona after she refused to comply with her manager’s wish that she undergo an abortion.

E-Cristians reported that last January, “various media outlets published a story about a waitress who refused to get an abortion after being pressured by the owner of the restaurant where she worked.  The waitress, who was four months pregnant, continued her pregnancy and was fired.”

This month the president of E-Cristians, Josep Miro, sent a letter to the Department of the Interior and to government officials in the region of Catalonia reminding them that the owner of the restaurant may have broken the law. 

In his letter, Miro also pressured for an investigation into the firing. However, officials responded to the letter saying no investigation would take place because the waitress decided to file her own lawsuit.

“This case is not uncommon,”  E-Cristians reported.  “Unfortunately, there many cases of pregnant women being fired.”  Nevertheless, the organization said, this was a unique case in which the employer was demanding that the employee obtain an abortion as a condition for continued employment.


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