The EEOC has filed a class-action suit against Dash Dreams Plants in Dos Palos, Calif., alleging the orchid grower blatantly discriminated against pregnant employees. According to the complaint, workers were warned in meetings that they would be fired if they became pregnant.
Employees complained after unsuccessfully attempting to return to work after pregnancy. They weren’t reinstated.
EEOC attempts to resolve the dispute through its conciliation process failed. Only then did the EEOC sue, seeking back pay and compensatory and punitive damages. The suit also seeks injunctive relief to prevent further violations of the.
Note: The PDA bars employers from discriminating against employees because they are or wish to become pregnant. Employers that make statements discouraging workers from or criticizing workers for getting pregnant are begging to be sued.