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Nursing home plays doctor, will pay for pregnancy bias

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in Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training,Maternity Leave Laws

Charlotte-based Lawyers Glen retirement home has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination complaint brought by one of its nursing aides. When Ashley Wilhelm told her supervisor she was pregnant, she soon found herself working fewer hours. The reduction continued throughout her pregnancy, even though her physician certified she could work full time up until she gave birth.

Lawyers Glen said it was following its own longstanding policy, which required a reduced schedule for any pregnant employee.

But Wilhelm’s EEOC lawsuit alleged the policy violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

In addition to paying Wilhelm, Lawyers Glen will change its maternity policy to comply with the law and train its supervisors concerning the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Note: Don’t try to play doctor with pregnant employees (or disabled ones, for that matter). Always go by what the employee’s physician says. If the doctor clears the employee for work, don’t second-guess.

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