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EEOC announces $45,000 settlement with Office Concepts Inc.

By Mark Iandolo | May 25, 2016

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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 two-year limit.

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