Comfort Inn & Suites Settles Pregnancy Bias Suit
The owner of a Comfort Inn & Suites in Michigan has agreed to pay $27,500 to settle a pregnancy discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
According to the EEOC’s filing, Ramin, Inc. fired a housekeeper after she reported that she had become pregnant, according to the EEOC. The suit also asserted that the Comfort Inn management told the housekeeper they were firing her because her continued employment posed harm to the development of her baby.
Employees are protected from discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Pregnant female employees are specifically protected from discrimination based on their pregnancy by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act which amended Title VII. The act prohibits employers from excluding pregnant women from working. The prohibition applies even if the decision is supposedly based on the mother or fetus’ safety.
In California pregnant female employees are protected by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The FEHA works in conjunction with the California Family Rights Act to provide protections to pregnant employees during their pregnancy, during their leave when the child is born, and by ensuring that they have a job when they return.
As part of the settlement, Ramin agreed to an injunction preventing them from discriminating against pregnant employees or requiring pregnant employees to provide medical releases in order to work. In addition, Ramin has to provide sex and pregnancy discrimination training to all its managers as well as other employees. Ramin also has to draft a new sex and pregnancy discrimination employee policy, post a notice about the suit, and file reports with the EEOC for four years in an attempt to prevent future discrimination.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of discrimination due to pregnancy, or for any other reason, at the hands of an employer or at the workplace, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.