Belly Up: Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Firing Pregnant Women “Too Big” To Wait on Tables

I thought I’d heard about every stupid employer handling of pregnant women until this one. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing a restaurant in Bartlett, Tennessee, of firing two pregnant waitresses “after it decided they were too big (due to their pregnancies) to wait tables.”

The defendant is  Noodles Asian Bistro, Inc., an Asian restaurant located in Bartlett.

“Despite the paternalistic age-old stereotypes that persist about pregnant women and work, not only can women work while pregnant, they have a right to do so,” said Katharine W. Kores, district director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “To determine that pregnant employees are ‘too big to work’ is blatant disregard for the law. Combating this type of discrimination remains a top priority for this office.”

Here’s EEOC’s announcement of the lawsuit.


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