The baby food market has been hit by a $100,000 lawsuit from a woman who says she was left out of a $25 million contract after her baby was not delivered by her doctors.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, against the nation’s largest baby food distributor, General Mills, as well as the infant manufacturer of baby food and baby formula, Johnson & Johnson.
The woman, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisal, said she and her husband bought baby food for their 3-month-old daughter on April 1, 2019.
They paid about $100 a month for three months worth of baby foods, according to the lawsuit.
Then on July 1, 2020, she said she lost her job and was unable to pay her bills.
She was fired the following month.
On Tuesday, she filed a $3 million lawsuit against Johnson &s; Johnson, the company that markets baby food, and General Mills and its parent company, J&A, claiming the company violated contract terms and violated her right to equal opportunity and paid her less than minimum wage.
In addition to the claim that General Mills’ contract was not fair and reasonable, she also said she was not given any written notice that her contract would be terminated or that she would not be paid during the time her contract was terminated.
In court papers, her lawyer, Richard Buechler, said his client was fired because of her gender.
He said the lawsuit is “without merit” and “without any merit” in court documents.
The lawsuit does not specify what happened to the woman during the four-month period when she lost work, and he did not immediately return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press.
The company has not commented on the lawsuit and did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesperson for General Mills did not return a request to comment on the suit.
The case is one of many in which women are seeking wage and hour protections for their jobs.
In February, a federal judge ruled in favor of a woman in a $1.5 million lawsuit accusing her employer, Johnson Foods Inc., of paying women less than men in similar jobs.
The judge said the company had a discriminatory policy for female employees that did not apply to men.