Pregnancy often means that a significant change is coming to someone's life or multiple people's lives. Typically, these changes are exciting, and expectant parents often look forward to welcoming a child. However, mothers-to-be can also face negative changes such as facing pregnancy discrimination at work.
New York readers may be interested in a case in another state involving this type of discrimination. Reports stated that a woman had filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding the discrimination she faced while working for a towing company. The report did not detail what type of actions the woman faced, but the EEOC and the towing company apparently came to a settlement in mediation to pay the woman $5,500.
More recently, the company refused to actually give the woman the compensation. As a result, the EEOC filed a lawsuit in order to have the settlement agreement enforced. The towing company did not answer the lawsuit and did not attend the court hearings. The EEOC requested that the court rule in the worker's favor by default, and the court granted that request. The court also ordered the towing company to pay the agreed upon settlement.
Pregnancy discrimination cases can become even more complicated when employers do not respond to legal action. If New York workers are having such issues, they do not have to feel out of hope. As this case shows, additional legal steps may be taken to enforce settlement agreements or other actions to ensure that companies and employers are held accountable.