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You’re hired! Oh, you’re pregnant? You’re fired!

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Capri Healthcare in Clearwater is being sued following an EEOC complaint that it rescinded a job offer as soon as it found out its new employee was pregnant.

According to the EEOC, Capri was so impressed with the applicant that she was immediately offered an administrative assistant and billing clerk position and asked to start the following day. During orientation the next morning, the woman revealed she was pregnant. Less than an hour later, the company told her that it had previously offered the position to a former employee and rescinded the job offer.

The lawsuit seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for the woman, and injunctive relief barring Capri from discriminating in the future.

Note: Employers may not make hiring decisions based on an applicant’s pregnancy or possible future pregnancy. Employers may not ask about childbearing plans and certainly may not fire an employee for being or becoming pregnant.

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