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Woman who wasn’t pregnant wins pregnancy bias settlement

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A Cincinnati Pizza Hut franchisee, the Twins Group, has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit that alleged the company illegally inquired about a female employee’s health, shared her confidential medical information with co-workers, reduced her hours and ultimately terminated her because she was pregnant.

One of several problems: She wasn’t pregnant.

The woman’s suit, brought by the EEOC, charged that the Twins Group illegally regarded her as disabled (the supposed disability—pregnancy). She did have health issues, but she contended that they weren’t disabling and they certainly weren’t the result of pregnancy.

She also said she was fired in retaliation for complaining about the company’s actions. 

In all, the EEOC said the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADA and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Now the woman will receive back pay—plus a good reference from the Twins Group. Under the terms of the settlement, the company agreed not to discriminate in the future.

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