Uniform Company to Pay $80K for Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Settlement
April 9, 2013
In recent employment discrimination news that Newport Beach, California attorney Vincent Howard has been following, Landau Uniforms, a medical scrubs and health care-clothing manufacturing and distribution company based in Mississippi, has agreed to a payment of $80,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit--originally filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC) the commission in charge of enforcing the federal laws that prohibit workplace discrimination.
According to the lawsuit, Landau violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting a female employee, Tara Smith, to discrimination based on her pregnancy. The company reportedly treated Smith with unequal terms because she was pregnant, then disciplined her due to the pregnancy, and also retaliated against her by discharging her--after she reportedly opposed the unequal terms of employment.
The pregnancy discrimination and retaliation lawsuit was filed by the EEOC under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) in 1978. As Vincent Howard discussed in a previous Santa Ana labor and employment attorneys blog, Title VII and the PDA prohibit sex discrimination, including pregnancy, in the workplace, and keep pregnant women in this country from being subjected to workplace discrimination in hiring, job payment, layoffs, job termination, equal workplace opportunities, promotions, and any other conditions or terms of employment.
Under Title VII, employers are also prohibited from retaliating against employees who stand up for their pregnancy rights. According to the EEOC, employers cannot penalize female employees based on the company's stereotypes or discriminatory ideas about pregnancy.
Landau will pay $80,000 in monetary relief, and agreed to a twelve month consent decree that prohibits the company from gender discrimination or retaliation. Training must also be required for employees about their rights under Title VII. Landau must also maintain discrimination complaint records and report these back to the EEOC. A notice must also be posted and available to every employee informing them of the pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.
For questions about pregnancy discrimination and retaliation in the Orange County, California workplace, contact labor and employment attorney Vincent Howard today. At Howard Law, PC we provide a free consultation regarding your labor and employment issue. Call today at 1-800-872-5925.
Landau Uniforms Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit for $80,000, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Press Release, April 8, 2013
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