Pregnant Woman Banned From Bar for Being Pregnant

Julie Ryan Evans

Pregnancy DiscriminationThis pregnant woman walks into a bar ... and gets kicked out. No joke, that's what happened to Michelle Lee, 29, at a bar in Roselle, Illinois. It wasn't because she was swilling wine or taking shots of tequila (she was sipping water), but rather because she was pregnant.

She had flown into her hometown for a baby shower and joined friends at the Coach House Restaurant to do some catching up. Just about 15 minutes into her stay, a bouncer came up and asked her if she was pregnant.

"Can I ask you a personal question?" Lee recalled him asking. "Are you pregnant?"

At eight months along, it was pretty obvious she was, and she confirmed the fact for the oaf. He then informed her of their policy against pregnant women on the premises, and she was escorted out.

Outraged yet? It gets worse.

"I was stunned," Lee told ABC. "He said, 'If anything happened to you here, we would be responsible.'" 

So poor pregnant women can't take care of themselves? They need to stay at home and knit booties or something?

At the time Lee said she didn't put up a protest because she thought there was perhaps some kind of ordinance that prohibited pregnant women in bars. Thankfully, there's not, and Lee says she's considering getting an attorney.

Hopefully she does. While there are plenty of frivolous lawsuits out there, this is a fight that should be fought to help stop the discrimination against pregnant women that happens all too often -- from the workplace to getting a mortgage to a bar.

"There are certain things for which you are not able to discriminate against someone, and one is their gender," Ed Yohnka, an American Civil Liberties Union spokesman, told the Chicago Tribune. "And only women can have babies. You can't discriminate against a pregnant person."

Yet they did, and whether the bouncer acted alone or it was the policy of that bar, a message needs to be sent loud and clear that if you do, we're not going to take it ... anywhere.

What do you think about this pregnant woman being kicked out of the bar?


Image via Remko van Dokkum/Flickr

Read More