ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a settlement with Quality Solutions LLC that mandates the staffing company pay $22,500 and furnish other relief over allegations of pregnancy discrimination.
EEOC charged that Kayla Medeiros sought temporary employment through Quality Solutions and was called about a job opening around Dec. 19, 2014. When Medeiros responded to Quality Solutions and expressed interest in the job, a company manager allegedly informed her she could not work the assignment because of her pregnancy. The manager, according to the claims, indicated that the job was in a warehouse and Medeiros could be hurt.
These allegations violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a part of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act bans all employer discrimination due to pregnancy.
"An employer cannot make hiring decisions based on what it thinks is in the best interests of a pregnant applicant," EEOC Regional Attorney Lynette Barnes said. "Every woman has the right to make decisions about her health and ability to work when she is pregnant."
In addition to the monetary relief that will go to Medeiros, Quality Solutions must provide equal employment opportunity training to its employees. The company is located in Dalton, Georgia.