The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Harlan Company recently announced an agreement to settle a discrimination case against pregnancies.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the St. Louis-based construction company, Harlan Company, recently agreed to pay $ 38,000 to settle a discrimination case against pregnancies. According to EEOC, the company “violated the Federal Discrimination Act by not hiring an applicant for a receptionist position in June 2019 because she was pregnant”. In addition to the $ 38,000, the company is also required to provide other facilities.
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What happened? According to the lawsuit, the Harlan Company “interviewed the pregnant applicant and determined that she was the most qualified person for an open position as a receptionist”. Eventually they offered her the job and she accepted. The next day, the company found the applicant was pregnant and eventually withdrew the job offer, “and hired someone else who wasn’t pregnant.”
When filing the lawsuit, the EEOC argued that the company’s conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Prior to filing the lawsuit, the applicant “filed a charge with the EEOC after learning of alleged discrimination by an outside recruiter”. From there, the EEOC agreed to work with it and filed the lawsuit, which was recently settled in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in September 2020.
Under the settlement approved by Judge Audrey G. Fleissig, the Harlan Company will have to “pay the individual for lost wages and damages … In addition to other facilities, the company will have policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination during pregnancy. Modification of the application and website to prohibit discrimination during pregnancy; Training of managers; and report complaints about discrimination during pregnancy to the EEOC, ”says the three-year informed consent form.
Andrea G. Baran, EEOC regional attorney in St. Louis, said on the matter:
“We appreciate the collaboration of the Harlan Company in solving this problem and their commitment to prevent future discrimination against workers and applicants during pregnancy. Pregnant women make an important contribution to the workplace every day and are particularly susceptible to discrimination and unjustified assumptions about their work performance.
L. Jack Vasquez Jr., director of the EEOC’s St. Louis District office, also stepped in, saying:
“Hiring discrimination is difficult to eradicate because applicants generally don’t know why they weren’t hired. But here an external recruiter had the courage to come forward and explain that the applicant was not hired because she was pregnant. Justice depends on those who are willing to speak out against discrimination. “
Construction company pays $ 38,000 to settle EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawsuit
Missouri Construction Company pays $ 38,000 to resolve pregnancy discrimination lawsuits