According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the organization received almost 3,000 claims of pregnancy discrimination in 2018. Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of sex, many employers are unfamiliar with the protections this law provides for pregnant women or women capable of becoming pregnant.
In Florida, a retirement community will now pay $70,000 in a settlement for a lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of an applicant who was passed over by a manager for a position because the manager deemed her more likely to become pregnant than the other candidate.
According to the candidate who was not interviewed for a position, the manager sent her a text asking her when she planned to have another baby and advised that the position did not allow for extended periods of time off from work.
The retirement community is also required to implement annual sex discrimination training for each of its hiring officials, and the company must also create and disseminate an anti-sex discrimination policy. It must also post a notice about the lawsuit somewhere in the facility.