The EEOC has sued Arthur’s Restaurant and Bar in Addison forafter a waitress who was expecting a baby was allegedly fired when she was “beginning to show.”
According to the complaint, the restaurant owner placed the waitress onearlier than necessary. He claimed to have made the move because smoking is permitted in Arthur’s and he feared for the baby’s safety. The waitress was never called back to work.
She complained to the EEOC, claiming the restaurant discriminated against her because she was pregnant. The parties were unable to resolve the dispute through the commission’s usual conciliation process and the EEOC filed suit on the waitress’ behalf.
Note: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) bars employers from discriminating against employees because they are or wish to become pregnant. Treating a pregnant employee differently than any other employee violates the PDA.