On September 29th, the EEOC filed a suit against Kids R Us LLC, a company which owns and operates childcare facilities in Oklahoma. The suit was filed after an employee was forced to quit and her relatives were fired after she disclosed her pregnancy to the company.
According to the EEOC, an employee told the company that she was pregnant in early spring 2010. Later that month, the employee was informed that she was being demoted and that a new administrator would be hired. The company stated that the reason for the demotion was because the employee “decided to get pregnant.”
This situation led the employee to file a discrimination suit against Kids R Us LLC. Shortly after the suit was filed, the employee was transferred to a new location, which forced the woman to quit. Her cousin sister were then terminated with no reason provided.
The alleged incidents are violations of Title VII of the civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The EEOC does not condone acts of discrimination or retaliation, as all women should be eligible to keep their jobs despite pregnancy, and every employee has the right to file a complaint against their employer without fear of retaliation.
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