The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit on Dec. 22 accusing a Christian camp of demoting a worker due to her pregnancy and related medical issues, then fired her for standing up for her rights.
According to the EEOC, the woman worked as a registrar for the camp, which manages a facility 90 miles outside Houston that hosts youth summer camps and retreats. The company demoted the woman within a week of learning she had developed gestational diabetes during her pregnancy.
The woman apparently expressed to the company’s executive director that the demotion was a form of discrimination. The organization responded by firing her, according to reports.
The EEOC seeks a permanent injunction to ban the company from engaging in sex discrimination in the future, as well as back pay for the woman.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was enacted to stop discrimination of pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace. Because of this, employers are strictly prohibited from inquiring if prospective female employees are pregnant or plan to have children during interviews. When pregnancy is a factor in hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, or benefits, this is discrimination.