The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, has had a busy month–and we still have an entire workweek to go. Here are some recent pregnancy discrimination lawsuits the agency recently announced:
The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, which the EEOC describes as “an upscale retirement community”, is accused of refusing to promote a woman because she might become pregnant. The woman, who had been working at the facility since 2007, says she was asked to apply for a position as a dining room supervisor. But before she actually could, she says, she was asked about future pregnancy potential and told by a manager that the job “doesn’t leave a lot of time off for long periods of time.”
The woman was never actually interviewed for the job, which ultimately went to someone else.
The EEOC is suing The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch for back pay and compensatory and punitive damages.
Walmart is accused of refusing to accommodate pregnancy-related medical restrictions for several workers, says the agency. The agency’s suit against Walmart’s Distribution Center #6025 says that the center did not allow some pregnant workers to work under a light duty lifting program that it made available to other workers. “This amounted to pregnancy discrimination, which violates federal law,” said the agency in its press release.
The EEOC is suing for back pay and compensatory and punitive damages. It also asks for non-monetary measures to correct Walmart’s future practices.
The Bendinelli Law Firm, which is a personal injury law firm with multiple Colorado offices, has agreed to pay $30,000 in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. The agency alleged that the company hired a legal assistant who, days later, told a partner in the firm she was pregnant.
She was reportedly fired the next day but after, she claims, she was quizzed about her pregnancy. The EEOC says that the firm admits to firing the woman because she neglected to disclose her pregnancy during her job interview.
“We want job applicants to know that they do not have to tell prospective employers that they are pregnant or answer any questions about it,” said the agency in its press release about the case.