A woman in Kentucky who says her employer retaliated against her after her birth after she was told she had a congenital heart defect was awarded a $50,000 payout last week by a federal appeals court.
Lawyers for Julie Ann Singery, who was born with a congenitally delayed heart defect and lives in Louisville, Kentucky, filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Louisville that said the wrongful termination violated her constitutional right to an abortion.
Singery, 43, told the Louisville Courier-Journal in a phone interview last month that she and her husband, a mechanic, had an agreement with their insurance provider that if they had an abortion, the company would cover the costs.
But she said that company told her she could not get insurance because she was still pregnant and had a preexisting condition that could cause her to die.
She said that made it impossible for her to pay for her pregnancy, and that her husband was unable to help financially.
Singers attorney, Mark Gertner, said the suit seeks $50 million in damages.
Gertner said that Singers husband, who is also a mechanic for a medical company, was paid $200,000 in compensation in 2015 and was not paid for his work.
Gertson said that was because he was an engineer and did not have an insurance company to pay.
He said that would change in 2020.
Gretner said Singers doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Matthew Naughton, was terminated by the insurance company after Singers death.
Singers attorney told the Courier-journal that Naughtons termination was the result of a policy breach.
The lawsuit claims Singers termination was retaliation and says the company’s policies and procedures for terminating employees violate her rights.
Singeries attorney, Brian Gentry, said Singery is seeking to recover $50 for each day she has been fired from her job.
He told the newspaper that Singery was “shocked” to learn she had been fired, but she said she was shocked by what she had done.
He said Singer had been working in the hospital, and she was going through a difficult time financially and emotionally.
Singery said she has worked with Gentry for years, and said he is a “good guy.”
He said the company has never discriminated against Singers and that she has never been discriminated against.
Gentry said he had asked the Kentucky Secretary of State to look into the matter, but no action was taken.
The Louisville Courier Journal did not immediately return a request for comment from the Kentucky State Board of Equalization.