The EEOC has sued an East Texas health care company for firing a housekeeper after learning she was pregnant.
The federal agency sued Murphy Healthcare, which operates Frankston Healthcare Center, for firing Myesha Kerr, allegedly because it was concerned that she would be required to perform heavy lifting and be exposed to toxic chemicals.
According to the suit, Kerr’s supervisor said he wouldn’t have hired her if he had known she was pregnant. He allegedly wrote a termination document stating that he feared Kerr and her baby could be harmed by the heavy lifting and exposure to chemicals.
The EEOC is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the health care provider from engaging in acts of gender and pregnancy discrimination. The lawsuit also seeks back pay, interest, out-of-pocket expenses, punitive damages and damages for emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.