Arthur’s Bar & Restaurant in Addison, Texas, has agreed to settle acomplaint for $20,000.
According to the complaint filed with the EEOC, the bar fired a cocktail waitress when she was seven months pregnant.
Managers said they terminated the woman to protect her health and that of her child. The waitress tells a different story. Her complaint alleges she was fired shortly after her boss expressed concern that she was “showing a little.” Her EEOC complaint alleges the bar discriminated against her because of her pregnancy.
When EEOC conciliation efforts failed and the commission sued, Arthur’s agreed to settle. In addition to paying the money, the company has posted notices at all of its locations concerning pregnant employees’ rights. The company will also report any pregnancy discrimination complaints directly to the EEOC for the next five years.