According to the EEOC, White Way Cleaners discriminated against a female worker when it first moved her from the cleaning line to the front counter during her first pregnancy and then again when it terminated her after learning she was pregnant again.
The company, with locations throughout the Twin Cities, has a policy of moving pregnant workers to the front desk to reduce their exposure to dry cleaning chemicals. The EEOC maintains little evidence exists showing that dry cleaning chemicals are harmful to pregnant women or their unborn children.
The EEOC also claims firing the employee when it learned of her second pregnancy violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Note: Employers with standing policies to move pregnant workers to different assignments better have strong scientific evidence to back their actions. Otherwise, the employer is simply treating pregnant workers differently for no real reason.
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