Jennifer McInerney was a 12 year employee for a United Airlines and a ramp supervisor. She experienced pregnancy complications, exhausted her sick leave, vacation leave and FMLA leave and then requested to go on unpaid leave, which United had allowed a number of male ramp supervisors to do. But McInerney's request was denied and when she could not return to work, she was fired.
McInerney sued claiming that she was fired in retaliation for her complaints of sex discrimination. The federal court jury agreed with her and returned a verdict in her favor of $3 million on her retaliation claim.
It is a violation of both federal and Kentucky state law for an employer to retaliate against an employee that has in good faith complained of or reported sex discrimination.
Source: San Francisco Examiner