(Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced Feb. 23 that Life Time Fitness Inc., a gym company based in
Minnesota, will pay $86,000 and furnish significant relief after allegations of
rescinding a job offer due to pregnancy.
a job offer to a qualified applicant, even if you tell her she can reapply for
another position after she has the baby, is still illegal pregnancy
discrimination," said EEOC Philadelphia District director Spencer H.
to the EEOC, Emily Carpenter was told to come in for new hire paperwork after two
interviews at a Life Time Fitness in Rockville, Maryland. Carpenter
sent the gym an email with her work schedule and also noted she was 35
weeks pregnant. Life Time Fitness purportedly failed to schedule a time and
stopped communicating with her at all.
Two weeks later, a manager at the
company allegedly informed Carpenter that her position had been placed on hold
and that two other people had been hired. She was told to reapply for a
position later in the year.
too many women still experience pregnancy discrimination in the workplace,”
said EEOC regional attorney Debra M. Lawrence. “We are pleased that this settlement
corrected this situation by providing monetary compensation to Carpenter,
as well as other measures that will protect other women and applicants from sex
or pregnancy discrimination."