Belmont Village paid $94,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against two employees because they were pregnant. The company owns and operates senior living facilities throughout the United States.
The lawsuit claimed that two employees, an assistant chef and a personal care aide, were immediately written up for job performance issues and then discharged when their supervisor found out they were pregnant.
Violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because they are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or suffer from a pregnancy-related medical condition.
In addition to paying $94,000 to the two employees, the employer agreed to provide equal employment opportunity training for supervisors and to post anti-discrimination notices in the workplace.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
If you have been treated unfairly at work because you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer immediately to protect your rights. The initial consultation is free and confidential. If you have a claim, your lawyer will represent you on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any legal fees unless you win.