Bergen Logistics recently agreed to resolve a $ 25,000 pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.
A North Bergen company recently agreed to settle a $ 25,000 discrimination lawsuit for pregnancy with a former employee. Under the agreement, Bergen Logistics will “implement workforce reforms” to better accommodate pregnant workers.
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The lawsuit was brought by a former employee who claimed the company had “denied her application for pregnancy-related placement, including required toilet breaks and a £ 20 limit on anything assigned to lift.” In addition to her complaint, the New Jersey Civil Rights Department (DCR) conducted an investigation and found that Bergen Logistics, in fact, “made no effort to accommodate her pregnancy and instead asked her to take unpaid family leave.” When commenting on the matter, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said:
“Our laws prohibit pregnancy-related discrimination in employment to protect equality in the workplace and to ensure that workers are not punished for having children. Employers need to be sure that they understand and respect the legal protections for workers who become pregnant and want to continue working. We take the rights of all workers seriously and will hold any employer accountable if their policies deny or diminish these rights. “
Additionally, the DCR investigation revealed other company policies that are not exactly legal. For example, it noted that “the company had a policy that employees could only work if they had no medical restrictions.” According to the agency, these policies “violate state anti-discrimination laws that protect people with disabilities and pregnant women.
As a result of the guidelines, the company told the employee that she could only return to work if she “gave a doctor a note stating that she has no physical limitations”. DCR Deputy Director Rosemary DiSavino noted:
“The New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) was enacted to prevent the exact harm women suffer in these cases. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have pregnancy-related illnesses must take reasonable accommodation under the law, and cannot simply be told to take vacation. “
In addition to the $ 25,000 the former employee will receive from the settlement agreement, the company must “implement a new anti-discrimination policy that is in line with the PWFA and all employees must comply with the New Jersey Anti-Discrimination Act and the policies of the Training company in relation to pregnancy. and handicapped accessible accommodations. “In addition, the company must inform DCR every six months for two years of“ all complaints filed by employees under its anti-discrimination policy ”.
The North Bergen company pays ex-employees $ 25,000 under the pregnancy discrimination regime
The New Jersey company has to pay $ 25,000 to employees allegedly guilty of discrimination during pregnancy