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UPS settles pregnancy discrimination case with EEOC out of court

The United Parcel Service, Inc. has reached a conciliation agreement with the New York district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to make workers who experienced pregnancy discrimination financially whole. The district office's director praised the global delivery company for resolving the problem outside of court. The settlement calls for $2.25 million in payments to employees who incurred losses due to pregnancy discrimination from 2012 to 2014. The agreement calculates payments based on the difference between short-term disability pay collected by workers and what they would have earned on the job.

The pregnancy discrimination problem arose prior to 2015 because the company did not provide light-duty accommodations to pregnant workers. However, UPS did grant light-duty assignments to workers recovering from on-the-job injuries or those who had disabilities or some driving restrictions. A pregnant worker complained on the basis that the company policies violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Although this worker reached a settlement with UPS, the EEOC chose to investigate treatment of all pregnant workers at the company.

In 2015, UPS updated its policies to accommodate pregnant workers, if they were union members. As part of the agreement with the EEOC, the company will now accommodate pregnant workers regardless whether they belong to a union or not.

A formal complaint to the EEOC could result in a person resolving employment discrimination. An attorney might advise a person during this process and organize evidence to demonstrate how an employer violated the law. A case evaluation might also inform a person of the extent of damages arising from lost pay, missed promotions or wrongful termination. This advice may help someone understand rights before accepting or rejecting a settlement offer. If an employer resists responsibility for illegal actions, then an attorney might propose litigation to continue the pursuit of damages.

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