EEOC Sues Furniture Store for Pregnancy Bias

I’ve written about pregnancy discrimination so much that I must sound like a broken record. But it’s because employers keeping making the same mistake, tripping all over themselves when a pregnant woman presents herself for hiring.

If you remember nothing else, remember this: You cannot refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant.

Sounds simple, right? But according to the EEOC, a Manhattan-based office furniture store lost sight of that simple truth when it considered the application of a pregnant woman for a full-time controller position.

According to the EEOC, when Benhar Office Interiors LLC learned from the staffing company that arranged the applicant’s interview that she was pregnant, its president supposedly responded to that news by stating that “might be a deal breaker.”

The applicant was not hired, but about one week later, the store hired a non-pregnant applicant for the position, the EEOC said.

If the EEOC can prove its case, it will go after the store for back pay and other relief.

As a reminder, Title VII prohibits denying a woman a job because she is pregnant. In addition, after she is hired, or if a woman becomes pregnant while in employment, the employer must treat her the same in terms of leave and other benefits as any other employee, man or woman, with a temporary medical condition.

Here’s more information about the case.

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