Federal Agency Charged Retailer Discriminated Against Worker Because of Her Pregnancy
ATLANTA – D&K Suit City, LLC, an Atlanta retailer of discounted suits, and its corporate parent, DDK, Inc., will pay $20,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.
In its lawsuit, filed on Sept. 23, 2010 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division (Case No.: 1:10-CV-03056-AT-SSC), the EEOC charged that D&K Suit City’s manager reduced the number of hours assigned to its employee, Linda Bell, and subsequently fired her because of her pregnancy. Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which prohibits employers from subjecting employees to discrimination due to pregnancy. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
The consent decree settling the suit, in addition to the monetary relief, includes provisions for equal employment opportunity training and reporting and posting of anti-discrimination notices. In the lawsuit and consent decree, D&K Suit City, LLC and DDK, Inc., denied any liability or wrongdoing.
“The EEOC is satisfied that this employer now understands that employment decisions should not be made on the basis of pregnancy status, and will make future efforts to remain in compliance with the law,” said Robert Dawkins, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Atlanta District Office.
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.