V&B LLC, a Merry Maids home cleaning franchise pays $40,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was first filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). Published documents in the case allege that V&B fired Belinda Sternemann because she suffered from pregnancy-related health issues. Sternemann, a military veteran who worked for V&B for over two years, was a Team Captain on one of V&B's crews and had an unblemished work record. Her pregnancy issues were alleged to be minor and did not prevent her from working.
An employer may not take a negative job action on an employee because of her pregnancy. In this case, the pregnancy issue was minor and there was no reason for the act of discrimination.
"Sometimes employers overreact and base employment decisions on an employee's pregnancy." said EEOC Chicago Regional Attorney John C. Hendrickson