Should female workers be punished just because they are pregnant?
For a fashion store in Whitehall it is, but for authorities it is a crime.
Take the case of two employees of dELiA’s Inc. who have filed lawsuit against their employer who fired them on the basis of their pregnancy.
According to reports, Nicole Young and Mallory Martin have reported their employer’s misconduct after they were subjected to unfair treatment due to their medical condition.
Young and Martin stated in the lawsuit that their employer repeatedly inquired on their ability to perform current tasks. Young was also required to provide medical documentation to prove she can continue doing her duties.
Reports said Martin reported the harassment to the district manager while Young disclosed her complaints at the company’s hotline. The employer responded by firing Young and forcing Martin to undergo early maternity leave.
The aggrieved employees reported their employer’s misconduct to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The federal agency filed the pregnancy discrimination suit in US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania after initiating a conciliation process.
The federal agency is seeking compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of the two workers.
Discriminating against pregnant workers is a violation of Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 and has corresponding penalties. Employers have the responsibility to accommodate pregnant workers and assist them in fulfilling their job responsibilities. Harassing or firing the employees because of their medical condition disrespects their right to earn a living.
The fashion store should have upheld the rights of the women considering they are a company for women. Harassing their female workers is a contradiction of their lifestyle campaign for wellness.
By all means, the employer should have offered accommodation for the two women to assist them in completing their tasks, especially when the cost for it does not cause undue hardship for the company.
Harassing or firing pregnant women in the workplace is a sure way to attract lawsuit and scar the company’s reputation.
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