Firing an employee right after she reveals she’s pregnant is a surefire way to get the EEOC’s attention.
Seattle-based company Oatridge Security Group was sued by the EEOC after dismissing an employee solely because of her pregnancy.
According to the lawsuit, the employee shared with her manager that she was expecting and would need maternity leave soon. Upon hearing this, the manager told the employee security work was “not proper” for a pregnant woman, and fired her.
The employee tried to get her job back several times, but the company refused. This conduct violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the EEOC said.
Oatridge Security Group will pay $375,000 to settle the suit. It also must put anti-discrimination policies and training into place.