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Arthur's settles $20K for a workplace discrimination lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been diligently fighting to protect the interests of women from discrimination due to their pregnancy. Over the last four years, the EEOC has filed over 45 of these workplace discrimination claims. The agency was able to have nearly $3.5 million awarded to the affected women. Another case has just arisen against Arthur's Restaurant and Bar in Texas that was being accused of firing a women for being pregnant.

The plaintiff was still working at the restaurant while she was seven months pregnant. Though she had planned on continuing the work, she was allegedly told that she should go onto her maternity leave early. She was apparently told that she should go onto this leave for the health and safety of herself and her unborn child.

Sometime after, she claims the owner of the establishment made a comment that she was starting to show. She was later fired after that comment was purportedly made. The EEOC filed a discrimination claim against Arthur's in a federal court on behalf of the plaintiff after pre-litigation negotiations had failed. The agency believes that Arthur's violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act because the former cocktail server was forced to go on leave even though she could still continue working.

The court ruled in favor of the Texas woman, and Arthur's agreed to settle the lawsuit for $20,000. As part of the settlement of the workplace discrimination claim, the restaurant must also have training on pregnancy and gender discrimination as well as hang notices for the employees to read. Any pregnancy discrimination complaints that are made at the restaurant during the next 5 years are also required to be reported to the EEOC.

Source: insurancejournal.com, "Dallas-Area Restaurant Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Suit for $20K", Aug. 27, 2015

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