INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Office Concepts Inc. will pay
$45,000 to settle allegations of pregnancy discrimination.
In the EEOC’s lawsuit, it alleged that the office product and
service store based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana fired Lynsey Burd after she
announced her pregnancy to a supervisor. EEOC claims that her final task as an
employee was to train a new worker. Burd trained the person and then was fired
the next day, the EEOC charges.
Alleged conduct of this nature violates Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
"Employers need a robust training and compliance
program to honor their obligations under equal employment opportunity
laws," Michelle Eisele, EEOC supervisory trial attorney for the
Indianapolis District Office, said. "This resolution compensates Ms. Burd
for her lost wages and will help Office Concepts develop a commitment to a work
environment free of unlawful bias."
Office Concepts denies any wrongdoing in the case, but
agreed to the consent decree that mandates it to pay $45,000 to Burd. The
company will also need to implement new non-discrimination polices, attend
three EEOC training sessions and provide compliance reports during the decree’s