A lawsuit filed this week against an LA personal injury lawyer accuses him of calling his pregnant legal assistant “flubber belly.” I obviously have no idea whether he said it or not. But we spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the intricacies of California employment law. So it seems only fair that we give equal time to issues that aren’t as nuanced.

Copyright: subbotina / 123RF Stock Photo
Copyright: subbotina / 123RF Stock Photo

Therefore, if you were wondering whether “flubber belly” is an appropriate term to use to refer to a pregnant employee, it’s not.


  1. Don’t call pregnant employees “flubber belly.”
  2. Seriously, don’t.

Thanks to Daniel Siegal at Law360 (subscription) for noticing this complicated and fascinating case.