Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2018 - San Diego-based company Tarr Inc. and Zenith LLC will pay $50,000 to victims in a pregnancy discrimination suit and provide other relief as part of a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
According to the lawsuit, the company fired a female employee a few days after she informed them of her pregnancy. The company also did not allow another pregnant employee to return to work after she took maternity leave, the EEOC claimed.
The alleged actions violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which outlaws discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. The federal agency filed its suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California after failing to reach a pre-litigation settlement via conciliation.
"Too often employers wrongly perceive pregnancy and motherhood as incompatible with work, which places women at a great disadvantage," said Anna Park, EEOC’s regional attorney for the Los Angeles District, which includes San Diego County.
Betsy Havens, executive director of Los Angeles employment law firm Strong Advocates, also represents women who have experienced pregnancy discrimination.
“Pregnancy is a thrilling and often nerve-wracking time for women. Being fired from a job while pregnant — and because of pregnancy--is like a nightmare come true for our clients. But pregnancy discrimination is absolutely illegal,” Havens said. “When a company breaks these laws, our clients deserve significant compensation.”
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are two other laws that offer protection against pregnancy discrimination.
For those who are pregnant or were recently pregnant and experienced discrimination on the job, contact the compassionate pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Strong Advocates.
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