A trucking company has agreed to pay a former worker $27,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Jessica Williams, who worked at Kenan Transport’s Spartanburg, S.C., terminal, claims she was forced to take an unpaid leave of absence and was then fired for complaining after experiencing premature labor while working there.
According to court documents, Williams went into pre-term labor on Feb. 23, 2012, which the doctor was able to stop. Although she wanted to take only a few days off, she claims the terminal manager told her not to come back to work until after her baby was born. Williams claims she was then fired after stating she planned to file a pregnancy discrimination charge.
Besides the $27,000 settlement, Kenan Transport’s Spartanburg, S.C., terminal must revise its anti-discrimination policy and distribute to all of its employees. The company must also provide annual training to all of its managers, supervisors and employees at the South Carolina terminal about the Pregnancy Discrimination Act or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“The EEOC will continue to actively pursue cases where an employee is subjected to discriminatory treatment because she is pregnant,” Lynette Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC, said in a statement.
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