Paternalistic attitudes toward pregnant women die hard in some companies. Restaurants especially, it seems.
The latest food establishment to feel the EEOC’s heat on this is Avalona Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Loafers Lounge in Catonsville, Md. The EEOC announced on Aug. 25 that it filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit under Title VII against the company because it fired a female waitress because she was seven months pregnant.
According to the EEOC, in June 2014, the employee told her manager that she was pregnant. Soon after, her manager repeatedly expressed concerns that her pregnancy could be a liability for Loafers.
The manager also told the employee that the restaurant would not allow her to continue working past her seventh month of pregnancy because of its concerns, the EEOC charged. Despite her two-year tenure, Avalon terminated the employee in October 2014, during her seventh month of pregnancy, EEOC is alleging.
If the allegations are true, the restaurant clearly loafed in complying with Title VII.
You shouldn’t make the same mistake. Here’s the EEOC’s list of do’s and dont’s when it comes to pregnancy.
And here’s the EEOC’s announcement of the lawsuit.