Rescinded Job Offer to Pregnant Applicant Costs Fitness Center $86,000 in EEOC Suit Settlement

A gym could buy a lot of equipment with $86,000. But instead that’s the price that Lifetime Fitness Inc. has agreed to fork over to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.

And telling a pregnant applicant to “come back later” and apply for a job when she’s no longer pregnant isn’t the way to get on the good side of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission either.

According to the EEOC, after two job interviews, Life Time Fitness told Emily Carpenter, who was applying for a job at its Rockville, Md., location, to come in to complete new hire paperwork so she could be placed on the schedule. When Carpenter emailed the gym with her work availability and advised that she was 35 weeks pregnant, the gym failed to schedule her for work and stopped communicating with her.

A manager finally told her two weeks later that her position had been placed on hold and two other people had been hired. The manager encouraged her to apply for a position at another Life Time Fitness facility opening later that year, the EEOC said.

“Rescinding a job offer to a qualified applicant, even if you tell her she can reapply for another position after she has the baby, is still illegal pregnancy discrimination,” said EEOC Philadelphia District Director Spencer H. Lewis, Jr.

Read more about the settlement here.

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