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Nasty Gal Responds to Pregnancy-Discrimination Lawsuit

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Nasty Gal founder and owner Sophia Amoruso

The retailer called the suit, which alleges that four employees were illegally terminated because of pregnancy, "frivolous and without merit."

Following Jezebel's report about a lawsuit alleging that Nasty Gal had "systematically and illegally" terminated pregnant employees, the retailer has responded.

"The accusations made in the lawsuits article are false, defamatory and taken completely out of context. The layoffs in question were part of a larger restructuring of departments we completed over nine months ago," a Nasty Gal representative said in a statement to Pret-a-Reporter. "The lawsuits are frivolous and without merit."

Filed in March of this year in the Los Angeles Superior Court by former employee Aimee Concepcion, the suit claims that Nasty Gal terminated the plaintiff, as well as three other women, for pregnancy, plus one man who requested paternity leave.

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Concepcion reported her pregnancy to her superior in April 2014 and was laid off four months later — despite "stellar" performance reviews. Nasty Gal told her that the layoffs — which also resulted in the termination of a man who was about to take paternity leave; another pregnant woman; and one other employee just returning from maternity leave — were the result of the company "reassessing their budgets." Later that year, Nasty Gal underwent two additional rounds of layoffs as part of internal restructuring that resulted in the termination of another pregnant employee.

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The lawsuit made waves, given Nasty Gal's reputation for being a feminist, female-led workplace inspired by founder and former CEO Sophia Amoruso's #Girlboss mentality.

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