HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Dec. 22
alleging Carolina Creek Christian Camp Inc. (CCCC) demoted a worker due to her
pregnancy and related medical issues, then fired her for standing up for her
"As in this case, when a
worker is pregnant or has a medical condition that the employer views as a
disability, but the employee is qualified to continue performing the job, an
employer's unfounded fears and biases are not valid excuses to deny equal
employment opportunities," said EEOC Houston District director Rayford
According to the EEOC, Korrie
Reed worked as a registrar for CCCC, which manages a facility 90 miles outside Houston that hosts youth summer camps and retreats. CCCC purportedly demoted
Reed within a week of learning she had developed gestational diabetes during
Allegedly, Reed twice expressed to the CCCC executive director that the
demotion was a form of discrimination. The organization responded by firing
her, the EEOC alleges.
"This lawsuit will send
a message to employers that the EEOC will vigorously enforce federal law,” said EEOC's Houston
regional attorney Rudy Sustaita. “We will prosecute companies that deny equal
opportunity, and which sue employees -- with no basis -- to punish them for
standing up for their rights."
EEOC seeks a permanent injunction
to ban CCCC from engaging in sex discrimination in the future, as well as back
pay for Reed.