EEOC announces $118,000 judgment against debt collector for alleged pregnancy discrimination

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 12, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced June 2 that a federal judge has entered a $118,483 judgment against Receivable Management over allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

Receivable Management, a Hackensack, New Jersey, debt collection firm that does business as Kramer and Associates, allegedly rescinded a promotion offer for a female employee after learning she was pregnant. The company purportedly told the employee it did not think a pregnant woman could handle the stress and long hours of a management position.

"Making employment decisions based on the assumption that pregnancy somehow diminishes a woman's ability to perform her job is unacceptable," said EEOC senior trial attorney Rosemary DiSavino.

The defendants’ alleged conduct in this case violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

"This case illustrates the stereotypes and biases that pregnant women face in the workplace all too often,” said Kevin Berry, the EEOC's New York District director.

The New York District Office of the EEOC oversees agency operations for New York, northern New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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