The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a suit against a Wisconsin Merry Maids franchisee for allegedly firing a worker for being pregnant. The woman was a two-year employee of the franchisee, V&B LLC, and had continued to perform her responsibilities even while pregnant. She was a team captain on one of the cleaning crews and had a perfect work record.
An EEOC spokesperson stated that it is hard to believe that discrimination against pregnant employees is still an issue. Sometimes employers err on the side of being over-protective of the expecting mother.
As the spokesperson said, even though the Pregnancy Discrimination Act is 36 years old, it has not necessarily become an established feature of the workplace. When a person has experienced discrimination due to pregnancy, or any other type of employee discrimination, the results can be long lasting and far-reaching. Even if the employee has been a star employee, dismissal or retaliation can affect his or her career and earnings. Workers who believe that they have been discriminated against may want to seek the advice of an attorney with experience in employment law.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "EEOC Sues Merry Maids Franchise for Pregnancy Discrimination", March 31, 2014