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Woman charges airline with bias

A Tampa woman has sued Air Canada, claiming she was fired from her new job with the airline for having a baby.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, Elnora L. Proctor claimed she was eight months pregnant at the time of her interview with Air Canada and still was hired as a reservationist on Jan. 25, 1992. Proctor began a training program with Air Canada, but had her baby a week and a half early and could not complete it.

The day after delivering her child, Proctor received a written notice from an Air Canada supervisor that said she was being terminated from her job for failing to complete the training, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit alleges that Air Canada's actions were a pretext for discriminating against Proctor because of her pregnancy, and thus violated her constitutional rights.

Charles Farrell, manager of personnel services for Air Canada, said Monday that company officials had not seen the lawsuit, but said that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reviewed Proctor's complaint and in March found no probable cause of a violation.

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