Pharmacy Owner Accused of Firing Employees When They Became Pregnant
Pharmacy Solutions, a pharmaceutical compounding business, agreed to pay $85,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against female workers when they became pregnant.
The company violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s complaint charged that the company’s owner made negative remarks about one employee’s pregnancy shortly after she started doctor visits. The owner made negative comments about another employee’s pregnancy when she asked to switch her days off to see her doctor. Both employees were fired in the same month.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes it illegal for an employer to take adverse employment action because of an employee’s pregnancy. The types of adverse employment actions that are prohibited include terminating an employee because she becomes pregnant or refusing a reasonable accommodation to allow the pregnant employee to continue working. The law is designed to ensure that pregnant women can make decisions about their careers without fear of bias or discrimination by their employer.
The employer in this case agreed to settle the claims of pregnancy discrimination by paying $85,000 in lost compensation to the employees and agreeing to an injunction prohibiting future discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. The company also agreed to establish and implement a written policy prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, including on the basis of pregnancy and sex.
This is just one of a growing number of pregnancy discrimination cases that the EEOC and private lawyers are filing every year.
You do not have to face this type of discrimination alone. The employment laws protect women who are discriminated against because they are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or need an accommodation for a pregnancy-related illness or disability. Call us today at (212) 601-2728 to schedule a consultation with an experienced employment lawyer.