LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Melodee Megia claims she was fired for a “bye-bye” greeting, rather than a “goodbye” message, by Las Vegas operator The Cosmopolitan Resort. Megia has filed suit after she claims the Las Vegas hotel fired her for saying informally “bye-bye”, not goodbye. But she asserts that the firing was allegedly motivated by pregnancy discrimination.
Melodee Megia in 2011 was eight months pregnant. She was also an employee as Las Vegas resort The Cosmopolitan. She began working at the hotel a year earlier in November. By December, the hotel opened its doors to the public.
But shortly during her pregnancy, Megia claims she was allegedly harassed. When sought for reaction to the lawsuit, Amy Rossetti, public relations director of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, declined comment. In a news statement, Rossetti said “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on pending litigation.”
Megia retained Mark Thierman and Jason Kuller after her firing. But the labor attorneys in their mind found more alleged faults than the firing. Megia is filing two different suits.
First, she is suing for pregnancy discrimination. She claims the ” stated reason for [her] termination was that she said ‘bye bye’ instead of ‘good bye’ on the telephone to a room service customer”. She claims she was fired “based on her pregnancy”.
The suit also claims “In fact, this was merely a pretext as [Megia] had been subject to harassing conduct and other pretextual discipline leading up to her termination since the time her pregnancy was learned by [the hotel].”
Second, she is also pursuing a class action suit for workers’ wages. Her suit claims that employees are not paid for the time that they have to change in and out of their uniforms. The suit claims that the Hotel allegedly wrongfully “maintained timekeeping policies that always rounded work hours in favor of the [hotel].”