Catherine Rizzo, a 25 year old Long Island woman, is suing her former boss for making her decide between her job working at the counter of Cooky’s Deli and her unborn baby.

From The New York Post:

“The owner’s daughter pulled me in the office, and basically told me if I didn’t have an abortion, I wasn’t going to have a job…It was very, very clear,” she said. “I have two other kids I have to take care of, and I needed my job.”

The lawsuit itself explains that “as a direct result of this serious threat, approximately one week later, [I] was forced to terminate [my] pregnancy.” She also seeks unspecified damages for a string of abuses that she claims she faced as an employee at the Deli, where she earned $400-$500 per month. The lawsuit also says that a co-worker regularly pushed her, cursed at her, and called her “a lowlife and a bad mother,” but when Rizzo complained to management about the abusive co-worker they were unresponsive.

In spite of her compliance with their request that she terminate her pregnancy, Cooky’s fired her a few months after the abortion. The deli’s owner, Martin Marsilio, calls the accusations “a total lie” and explains that many women have worked for him, taken leave to have babies, and returned without a problem.

Does this sound on the up and up to you? The thought of an employer coercing a woman to terminate her pregnancy is horrifying, but I’m not clear on why a deli would try to throw that kind of muscle around. Why not just fire her outright? Times are tough but having an abortion to hold on to a $400/week job…what am I missing here?



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  • QON

    Its a bit suspect. What probably happened was that she was told that if she took off from work to have a baby she wouldnt have a job when she got back. That sounds more likely anyway. She couldnt afford that third child anyway. How does she afford a lawyer? She should have invested in some forms of birth control if she couldnt afford to have another child.

  • Laugh

    Ok so she wasn’t smart enough to keep her baby but she’s smart enough to get a lawyer? Hmmm, seems fishy.

  • ok

    This article is from the New York Post…

  • fuchsia

    They didn’t like her and she knew it. She’s just being vindictive and looking for any excuse to sue them. She knows damn well that her place of employment couldn’t force her to do anything in regards to her pregnancy. smh

  • Tameko P

    That seems fishy. No one can force a woman to get an abortion short of putting a gun to her head and marching her to the clinic. Maybe the baby belonged to the boss? There’s something that is not being told here.