Firing a Woman for Failing to Disclose a Pregnancy Violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
Shefa Wellness Center, a medical practice specializing in cosmetic skin care treatments, agreed to pay $37,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.
A skin care specialist with the medical practice complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that her employer initially cut her hours and then fired her after learning that she was pregnant.
According to court documents, the skin care specialist assured her employer that she was capable of performing all of her job responsibilities. The employer allegedly responded that she had deceived the company by not disclosing her pregnancy during her job interview.
After the EEOC brought a lawsuit on behalf of the employee, the employer agreed to settle the pregnancy discrimination claims by paying the employee $37,000.00.
Firing a woman because she is pregnant – or because she fails to inform an employer of her pregnancy – violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). Under that law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against women due to pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition.
If you have been discriminated against because you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or have a pregnancy-related illness, you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer immediately to protect your rights. Call us today at (212) 601-2728 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.