PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the owners and operators of
Moonshine Whiskey Bar in Tempe, Arizona, will pay $66,000 to settle allegations
of pregnancy discrimination.
Moonshine Group LLC allegedly discharged Michelle Viscusi
from her job as a bartender due to her pregnancy. This violates Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
"Women must be allowed to make their own decisions
whether to work while pregnant,” said EEOC Phoenix acting director Elizabeth Cadle. “Unfortunately, what happened to Michelle happens far too often.
Employers must make responsible employment decisions concerning employees who
Cadle notes the EEOC received 3,543 charges of pregnancy
discrimination nationwide during fiscal 2015.