Imagine Schools, a charter school operator based in based in Arlington, Virginia, has been held liable to pay $570,000 worth of damages after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against the company.
With more than 70 charter schools being operated in 12 states, Imagine allegedly discriminated against two female employees when it refused to hire them when they opened a new private school after closing its charter middle school in Kansas City.
LuShonda Smith, an office manager and Charity Brooks, an administrative assistant were allegedly not rehired because they were pregnant.
Aside from the $570,000 award in back pay, emotional distress damages, and attorneys’ fees, Imagine will be required to disseminate a policy on pregnancy discrimination, provide management training on such discrimination, report internal discrimination complaints to the EEOC, and prominently post a notice regarding employee rights under federal anti-discrimination laws.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant female employees.