Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Settled--U.S. Security Associates to Pay $80,000
January 29, 2010
As Southern California Employment Attorneys, we have been following the recent settlement of an employment lawsuit--where U.S. Security Associates will pay $79,880 for subjecting a female security guard to pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Margaret Gibson was an employee at the Marietta, Georgia facility, working for U.S. Security as a security guard. After informing her manager that she was pregnant, she was allegedly mistreated, subjected to discipline that was unwarranted, and made to endure sexist comments about the manager's bias against pregnancy in the workplace, as well as sexist comments about how Gibson would look in the security guard uniform. After completing and turning in her application for maternity leave, Gibson's employment was terminated on the same day. The EEOC claimed that her husband, who was also employed with U.S. Security, was also terminated, after he failed to stop his wife from filing a pregnancy discrimination complaint.
Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) that amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, pregnant women or women who are affected by conditions that are related to pregnancy must be treated like other employees or applicants with the same abilities in the workplace. Discrimination of the basis of pregnancy, medical conditions related to pregnancy, or childbirth constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII.
In addition to the monetary relief of $79,880, the consent decree mandates equal employment opportunity training, postings and EEOC reporting. U.S. Security denied any wrongdoing or liability in the suit or in the consent decree.
If you are a victim of pregnancy discrimination, unlawful termination or retaliation in your Orange County or Southern California workplace, our experienced employment lawyers at Howard Law, PC are here to help you fight for your pregnancy rights. Call our Anaheim-based team today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.
U.S. Security Associates Pays Nearly $80,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit, EEOC Press Release, 01-27-10
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