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Suburban Milwaukee company settles pregnancy discrimination suit

A senior care community in a Milwaukee suburb has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee who said she was fired because she was pregnant. In the suit filed in U.S. District Court last August, the woman claimed that California-based Silverado Oak Village in Menomonee Falls violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The caregiver at the assisted-living facility stated in court documents that she was fired "because of her sex and pregnancy."

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states on its website that "an employer cannot fire, refuse to hire, demote, or take any other adverse action against a woman if pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition was a motivating factor in the adverse employment action."

The assisted living facility agreed with its former employee to settle her lawsuit for $80,000 earlier this month. The company denies that it discriminated against her.

In the woman's lawsuit, she claimed that she had a doctor's note describing medically needed work restrictions due to her pregnancy. Despite the physician’s note, the woman was fired. A few days after her employment was terminated, the company granted a request for a lifting accommodation from another employee (one who was not pregnant) for light work duties.

The EEOC notes that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act all protect the rights of pregnant workers.

If you have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, contact a law firm experienced in defending employee rights and protecting careers, workers and families.

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