A federal judge has ordered the Houston-based United Bible Fellowship Ministries to pay a former employee nearly $75,000 in back pay and damages because of the nonprofit’s policy prohibiting pregnant employees from working and barring the hiring of pregnant women.
United Bible fired a resource technician when it learned she was pregnant.
She complained to the EEOC, alleging that United Bible Fellowship Ministries violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by firing her.
The parties were unable to resolve the dispute through the EEOC’s conciliation process and the matter went to trial.
The nonprofit argued in court that the policy existed to protect pregnant workers and their unborn children. The judge said motivation didn’t matter, and ordered the organization to pay damages.
Then the EEOC moved for summary judgment on the issue of whether United Bible Fellowship Ministries violated Title VII. When the organization didn’t respond to the motion, the judge granted it.