The EEOC recently obtained $20,000 in relief for a pregnant employee who was on the job for less than 24 hours. The employee, who was hired to work in the kitchen of an assisted living facility, told her supervisor on her first day of work that she was pregnant. Within hours, she was terminated. She was then replaced by a non-pregnant individual. The EEOC took on the case, filed suit in federal court, and was able to reach an out-of-court resolution with the Mississippi-based employer. You can read more about the conciliation here.
Because the EEOC has made pregnancy discrimination a top priority, and the law has recently changed in this area, it is essential that employers review their policies and practices to ensure legal compliance. Likewise, if you are an individual who has suffered pregnancy-based discrimination, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights.