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In Laredo, employer pays for miscarriage of justice

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Laredo-based Platinum PTS will pay a former employee $100,000 to settle charges it violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. According to her complaint, the former employee was fired after she asked for time off following a miscarriage.

The firm—which provides oil and gas testing, analysis, exploration and development service—settled the matter through the EEOC’s conciliation process. A companion suit against Texans Oil and Gas Services, a related company owned and managed by the Platinum PTS’ president, is still pending.

Note: Discrimination based on an employee’s current, former, planned or wished-for pregnancy violates Title VII of the Civil Rights as amended by the 1978 Pregnancy Dis­­crimi­­na­­tion Act. Employers should evaluate all adverse employment actions in light of these laws.

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