Just days after news about the alarming rise in pregnancy discrimination, particularly those in low-wage jobs emerged, another case of pregnancy discrimination took the spotlight.
According to recent news report, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is now suing a Chick-fil-A franchise restaurant after the agency found out that it violated federal law.
According to the EEOC’s complaint, the Chich-fil-A at Concord Commons failed to hire Heather Morrison, a female applicant, because she was pregnant.
The EEOC has claimed that Morrison was interviewed for a team member position with the restaurant’s owner in November, 2012. She was six months pregnant then. During her interview, the owner allegedly asked Morrison several questions regarding her pregnancy like how many months she had been pregnant, when she was expected to deliver her baby, her childcare plans after giving birth and how many maternity leave she plans to take. Morrison answered all the questions thrown to her by the owner since she really wanted the job even though she felt like the questions were already inappropriate.
Three days after the interview, the manager called Morrison and informed her that she would not be hired and further advised her to call back after she had the baby and had childcare in place.
The EEOC assessed that the said Chick-fil-A franchise restaurant denied Morrison a job due to her pregnancy.
Apparently, the franchise’s alleged misconduct violates the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).
In its lawsuit, the EEOC on behalf of Morrison seeks back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief.
Pregnancy discrimination is one of the most defeating types of workplace discrimination. Other than dealing with their both delicate physical and emotional condition, pregnant employees also have to deal with the hostility and harassment that they experience in the workplace, affirmed by a California employment discrimination lawyer.
Last year, Chick-fil-A also took the center stage after rumors about its alleged financial support to anti-gay groups surfaced and earned significant criticisms from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and its advocates. Consequently, on the last quarter of the previous year, the restaurant has pledged to stop funding anti-gay groups. The said announcement has brought exhilaration the LGBT community.