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Philadelphia real estate firm accused of pregnancy bias

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A Philadelphia-area real estate investment firm that owns and manages apartment communities, retail shopping centers and professional office buildings faces an EEOC lawsuit after it fired an employee shortly after she disclosed she was pregnant.

EEOC investigators claim to have uncovered evidence that the firm fired two other women shortly after they revealed they were pregnant.

The woman filing the complaint worked at the firm’s Prospect Park facility and had consistently received performance-based salary increases. The EEOC alleges all that changed when she told her boss she was pregnant. Her manager allegedly stated “when women get pregnant they get stupid,” and “I would never have kids, it’s gross.”

The EEOC is suing on behalf of all affected employees after its conciliation process failed.

Note: Employers must train all management personnel on all types of discrimination. Isolated instances suddenly become patterns of discrimination when investigators start connecting the dots.

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