BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) announced Dec. 20 that Dimensions Healthcare System, the
largest not-for-profit provider of health care services in Maryland’s
Prince George’s County, will pay $125,000 after
allegations of sex discrimination.
EEOC charged the company with violating Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination based on sex,
and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which amended Title VII to make it
illegal to discriminate against a woman due to pregnancy, childbirth or a
medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
"No woman should be denied a promotion or any other
employment opportunity based on her sex, pregnancy or use of maternity
leave," said EEOC Philadelphia District Director Spencer H. Lewis Jr.
Cassandra Crawford allegedly worked in the patient financial
services department of the company’s Cheverly, Maryland, location
for more than seven years. For two of those years, she managed several team
members. The EEOC states Crawford took leave for maternity on January 2014 and returned to work
In October 2014, Dimensions purportedly promoted a male employee
who was less qualified to a manager job it could have given to Crawford.
According to EEOC, Dimensions associate vice president Judy Selvage told
Crawford it was because she had “been on maternity leave
for a while.”
"This is a meaningful settlement that will protect
women from sex or pregnancy discrimination and ensure that promotion and other
employment decisions are based on an individual's qualifications and not sex,”
EEOC Regional Attorney Debra M. Lawrence said.