Pregnancy takes a huge toll on a woman's body. A new mom's body goes through continuous changes to nurture and carry a baby for over nine months.
Young women often have to figure out how they will afford the financial burden of a newborn. That was certainly the case for the young mom at the center of this story.
Lindsey + Felix = Love
Lindsey Wilcox tried looking for a job when she was pregnant, but she found it very difficult. In 2017, she met and fell in love with her boyfriend Felix Jiminez.
The couple was deeply in love with each other and to no one's surprise, Lindsey eventually announced her pregnancy.
The only worry for the young parents was whether or not they could afford a newborn solely on Felix's income.
So Lindsey went job hunting for anywhere that would hire her.
The Difficulties Of Finding A Job While Pregnant
Of course, it's tricky finding a job while pregnant.
A mother wants to think ahead and by the third trimester, she wants to ensure her job isn't too hard on her body.
That's what Lindsey focused on when she began her job hunt.
She wanted to find a part-time job that wouldn't be hard on her body so she could enjoy this special time in her life.
Lindsey applied to many jobs and while she landed some interviews she found that employers continued to reject her.
The hiring managers never said why, but Lindsey had a feeling that she wasn't getting hired because she was pregnant.
Reececliff Family Diner
Through all the rejection, Lindsey never gave up. Finally, she found a job posting for a waitress position at Reececliff Family Diner on Facebook.
So, of course, Lindsey applied! She needed a job for her baby!
She Landed An Interview!
After she applied, she received a Facebook message from the restaurant asking if she was free for an interview the next day at 9 am.
Lindsey said yes, and was honest ahead of time, telling the restaurant that she was pregnant at the time.
Unfortunately, the employee messaging Lindsey on Facebook retracted the interview offer after finding out Lindsey was pregnant.
Lindsey was disheartened and she sent a screenshot of her conversation to Felix.
Felix shared the screenshot on Facebook saying, "Let me just say this is wrong and I'm pretty sure illegal, and they won't get another dollar from me."
People were outraged by the interaction when Felix shared it online and Lindsey's story went viral.
According to State and Federal laws in the United States, it is illegal to discriminate against someone who is pregnant because it is just their current circumstance.
Many legal experts advised that Lindsey has every right to sue if she wanted and it would cost the restaurant.
The Face Of Struggling Moms
Many people commented on and shared the post which led to patrons protesting the diner. News outlets picked up the story and shared it as well.
Lindsey had unintentionally become the face of struggling moms everywhere.
The Restaurant Owner Apologized
When the restaurant owner realized what had happened it was a bit too late. People were already boycotting his restaurant and he was losing business.
The owner approached Lindsey and apologized for what happened, and even offered her the job.
Lindsey Rejected The Job Offer
But Lindsey got the last laugh because she rejected the owner's job offer. After everything that had happened, she wanted nothing to do with the restaurant.
She was content with finding a job elsewhere and preparing for her baby girl.