New Orleans Motel Sued for Forcing Pregnant Employee to Take Leave

September 06, 2016

The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against a motel company asserting it violated the ADA when it placed a pregnant employee on leave solely because of the fact that she was pregnant. The suit alleges that the Employee told management that she was pregnant and that her pregnancy was considered high-risk. The Employee later called her manager to inform him that she would be unable to work one day due to a pregnancy-related illness. Her manager told her that he was modifying the work schedule and taking her off the schedule for the entire week, despite the fact that she only needed one day off. Six days later, the Employee contacted her manager to ask when she would be placed back on the schedule but received a text message from him stating that she was being placed on a leave of absence until her pregnancy was over. The Company placed the Employee on forced leave of absence without pay due to her pregnancy in violation of Title VII as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.