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Restaurant fires pregnant waitress for baby’s safety

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The EEOC has sued Arthur’s Res­tau­rant and Bar in Addison for pregnancy discrimination after 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 on maternity leave earlier 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.

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