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Employees Allege Pregnancy Discrimination at Imagine Schools

Occupational Health and Safety News reports that a nationwide operator of charter schools recently agreed to pay $570,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit that had been filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit against the charter school operator Imagine Schools Inc. has once again proven that pregnant women have equal rights in the workplace under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, alleged that Imagine Schools discriminated against two pregnant employees when the school chose not to retain them. Charity Brooks, an administrative assistant and LuShonda Smith, an office manager, both of whom were pregnant were let go. Imagine Schools closed its charter middle school in Kansas City, Mo and opened a private middle and high school at the same location, but failed to rehire Ms. Smith and Ms. Brooks.

"Unfortunately, the EEOC keeps having to drive home the point that no woman should lose her means of earning a living simply because she is pregnant," EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru told Occupational Health and Safety News. "This significant settlement should serve as a reminder of that fact to other employers."

The EEOC states that pregnancy discrimination claims have been on the rise over the past decade. Pregnancy discrimination charges filed with EEOC rose from 4,160 in fiscal year 2000 to 6,196 in fiscal year 2009. Texas employment lawyers help women all over the state file discrimination claims if they've experienced pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. If you feel that you have experienced pregnancy discrimination, you can consult with a Texas employment lawyer.

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