EEOC Files Suit on Behalf of Woman Who Lost Job Offer After Disclosing She Had Given Birth

Bad enough that an employer would rescind a job offer to a female employee because she is pregnant; doubly so when she has already given birth.

That’s what Alexandria, Va.-based Savi Technology allegedly did to a woman who applied to be its director of human resources, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Savi Technology offered Christine Rowe the HR director’s job after she successfully completed a telephone interview and an in-person interview, the EEOC said.¬†The day after Savi Technology extended the job offer, Rowe disclosed to the company vice president and general counsel, who was to be her direct supervisor, that she had recently given birth and had surgery related to her pregnancy. The next day, the vice president and general counsel informed Rowe that Savi Technology was rescinding the job offer, according to the lawsuit.

“When an employer learns that a newly hired, or long-term employee, is pregnant, removing that individual from the job is highly suspect. That Ms. Rowe had a newborn does not disqualify her from protection under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, as it covers mothers of infants,” said EEOC Philadelphia District Office Regional Attorney Debra M. Lawrence.

The commission is on the prowl for pregnancy discrimination scufflaws; this is the 45th pregnancy discrimination lawsuit it has filed since 2011.

Here’s the EEOC’s announcement of the lawsuit.

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