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EEOC sues modeling school over firing of pregnant director

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources,Maternity Leave Laws

The EEOC recently filed a lawsuit against Barbizon School of Modeling of Atlanta for firing a director five days after she gave birth. The former director, who worked at its Macon location, claims Barbizon terminated her because her pregnant figure conflicted with the company’s preferred image despite the fact that she wasn’t a model.

Barbizon may be facing a huge bill. The fired employee seeks reinstatement and back pay, job-search expenses, payments for pain and suffering and attorney’s fees.

The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act says job bias against employees or applicants “on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination.” For advice on complying with the law, go to www.eeoc.gov/types/pregnancy.html.

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