The Kinston-based Britthaven nursing home and assisted-living chain has settled a with the EEOC for $300,000. claim
The agreement settles a lawsuit brought by Katherine Hance and other pregnant employees who claimed they were treated differently from other employees because the company required them to obtain full medical clearance as soon as it learned they were pregnant. As a result, even though the women were still capable of performing their jobs, they were forced to take leave—or be terminated.
Advice: Take a close look at any policy that singles out pregnant women. Most likely, it violates the law.
- Don't hesitate to discipline a rude and insubordinate employee
- Develop objective promotion criteria, stick with them—and be sure to document them
- Multistate businesses: Standardize your policies and supervisor training
- Is a policy still a policy if it's not in writing?
- Vague gripes about bosses aren't protected