N.Y. County Settles DOJ Lawsuit on Behalf of Pregnant Officer Forced to Relinquish Her Job

Another employer has come up short in complying with Title VII’s requirement to treat pregnant employees the same as they would other nonpregnant employees with temporary medical conditions.

This time it’s the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a pregnant corrections officer whom the office allegedly restricted her restricted duty assignment and forced her to take an extended leave of absence despite her ability to work.

According to DOJ, NCSO violated Title VII by refusing to let the officer do the same sort of work while pregnant that it allowed for other non-pregnant employees with temporary medical conditions

For that alleged offense, NCSO agreed to pay the officer $94,000 back pay, compensatory damages and attorney’s fees, as well as restore the seniority and pension benefits that she lost as a result of her forced leave of absence.

Here’s the DOJ’s January 7 announcement of the settlement.

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