Corporation Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Triple T Foods, an Arkansas pet food processor, will pay $30,000 to a former employee and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC's suit, Civil Action No. 13-5198, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division, charged Triple T with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 when it terminated a lab technician the same day she informed the company of her pregnancy.

Pregnancy discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the PDA. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its concili­ation process.

In addition to the monetary relief, the consent decree settling the suit, approved by U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks, requires Triple T to provide training to its personnel on pregnancy discrim­ination; submit reports to EEOC during the period the consent decree is in effect; and post a notice reinforcing the company's policies on Title VII and its procedures for reporting and preventing preg­nancy discrimination in the workplace.

On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued its "Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues" along with aquestion-and-answer document about the guidance and a fact sheet for small businesses. This was the first comprehensive update since 1983.

According to its website, the company is a Kansas corporation doing business in Arkansas, with a headquarters in Frontenac, Kan. It was founded in 1976 and is a processing facility for leading brands of dog and cat food.

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