EEOC Recovers $35K for Fired Pregnant Worker

It may be 2016, but some employers still have paternalistic notions about what work a woman can or cannot do when she is pregnant.

That kind of thinking doesn’t sit well with women or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A moving company will pony up $35,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging it fired a female employee because she was pregnant, the EEOC announced last week.

The EEOC charged DeHaven’s Transfer & Storage, Inc., a residential and commercial moving company in North Carolina, with violating Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when it fired the worker after the owner told her crew leader “that he should not bring [the employee] to work any longer because of her size, and stated that she looked terrible.”

“Pregnancy discrimination continues to be a problem in the American workplace,” said Lynette Barnes, regional attorney for EEOC’s Charlotte District Office. “The law ensures that a woman cannot be forced to leave her employment because of her pregnancy, or because of her employer’s paternalistic notions regarding pregnancy. This settlement serves as a reminder to employers that EEOC will continue to actively pursue cases where an employee is subjected to discriminatory treatment because she is pregnant.”

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


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