The EEOC recently filed a lawsuit against a Tennessee retail clothing and apparel company alleging it violated federal law by discriminating against a Chattanooga employee because of her pregnancy. The EEOC’s suit asserts that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it discriminated against a female employee because of her pregnancy.
The EEOC alleges that the employee who worked at the company’s Chattanooga store location, was immediately terminated after she advised her store manager that she was pregnant. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a settlement through its conciliation process. The agency’s lawsuit seeks monetary relief in the form of back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement and an injunction against future discrimination.
Although this is a blatant case of pregnancy discrimination, there are often less drastic forms of discrimination against pregnant females that are also violations of Title VII. These changes may include demotions, harassment, retaliation and other adverse employment actions. Our law firm represents individuals who have been discriminated against in the workplace throughout the State of Alabama. If you believe your employer has violated the law, please contact our firm at (205) 358-3100 for a free consultation.