Cost of firing a pregnant worker: $20K

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What not to say to a pregnant worker: “The baby is taking a toll on you.” Sur­­pris­­ingly, that’s exactly what a four-month-pregnant waitress was told when she was cut from the weekly schedule and then fired. The U.S. Equal Employ­­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a pregnancy discrimination suit on behalf of the woman, who was under no medical or working restrictions when she lost her job at a Jackson, Miss., bar and grill. The employer will now pay $20,000 to settle the suit.

Heed the words of the EEOC: “Women have the right to work, including during pregnancy.”

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