Law Firm Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

Law firms are employers too.  And, sometimes law firms, like all employers, fail to follow the law.  Earlier this week, the EEOC announced the settlement of a pregnancy discrimination claim with a Washington D.C. law firm.  The firm extended a job offer to an attorney who, following the offer, e-mailed the firm and disclosed that she was six months pregnant. The prospective employee also asked about the firm’s maternity leave policy.  Less than two hours after the prospective employee’s e-mail, the firm rescinded her job offer. 

The firm settled the EEOC’s lawsuit for $18,000, and is subject to a consent decree that requires the firm to implement a policy that prohibits discrimination, provide EEO training to all of its personnel and post a notice to its employees about the settlement.  The firm will also be monitored by the EEOC for the term of the decree (2 years).

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