$118K Judgment Entered Against N.J. Employer That Rescinded Job Offer to Pregnant Employee

A debt collection firm in Hackensack, N.J., is out $180,000 in a pregnancy discrimination case brought against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, which I reported on in 2015, Receivable Management, doing business as Kramer and Associates, rescinded its offer to promote a female employee after she announced that she was pregnant. The employee was told that she was not going to be promoted because the owners of the company did not think that a pregnant woman could handle the stress or the long hours of a management position.

Basing employment decisions on an employee’s pregnancy violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

“Making employment decisions based on the assumption that pregnancy somehow diminishes a woman’s ability to perform her job is unacceptable,” said EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Rosemary DiSavino.

Kevin Berry, the EEOC’s New York District director, added, “This case illustrates the stereotypes and biases that pregnant women face in the workplace all too often.”

For do’s and dont’s on dealing with pregnant employees, click here.

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