On March 14, 2013, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, entered a consent decree settling a lawsuit that it initiated on behalf of an arts and crafts coordinator at the University School of Milwaukee. The EEOC complaint alleged that the University School fired the employee as a result of pregnancy-related employee discrimination.
The employee was hired in August 2011 as a part-time coordinator of the school's after-school arts program. In October 2011, the claimant discovered she was pregnant. In November 2011, her employment was terminated.
Federal law prohibits employers from engaging in employment discrimination based on an employee's pregnancy. Such discrimination, especially if it results in loss of employment, may have a devastating impact on a victim's employment future and financial well-being. Although the EEOC may be a significant ally in prosecuting an employment discrimination claim, the counsel of employment law attorneys may be able to increase the chances of receiving financial compensation. People who believe that they have been subject to employment discrimination may find it helpful to consult employment law attorneys who may explain their rights and options and recommend courses of action.
Sources: Journal Sentinel, "University School pays $37,500 in pregnancy discrimination case," Bruce Vielmetti, March 14, 2013