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Huntsville, Texas camp settles pregnancy bias, ADA suit

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Carolina Creek Christian Camp in Huntsville, Texas, has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of a former employee.

The camp’s registrar claimed she was demoted when she became pregnant, then fired and finally sued. Twice.

Problems began when the woman told her boss she had gestational diabetes. She never requested a job reassignment, nor did she indicate she was unable to perform her duties.

That didn’t matter to camp supervisors. Citing “her need to medically take care of herself and her baby,” they involuntarily demoted her. When the woman returned from maternity leave, she was placed in a lower-ranking job than the one she held before her pregnancy.

When she complained to her supervisor that her demotion was illegal, she was fired.

The EEOC took up the case, alleging violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination and retaliation based on pregnancy. It also alleged the camp’s actions violated the ADA, which prohibits discrimination because of a disability, including a pregnancy-related medical condition.

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