Bar pay $20K to EEOC for job discrimination fuss

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The government says a bar in Byram, Miss., will pay $20,000 to settle a complaint that it fired a server because she was pregnant.

The EEOC says in a news release that it sued Reed Pierce's Sportsman's Grille for firing the female worker, who while pregnant was under no medical or working restrictions when she was fired.

Federal law bars employers from firing employees or subjecting employees to disparate terms and conditions, including reductions in hours, because of an employee's sex, including pregnancy.

The settlement, reached Feb. 5, includes $20,000 to the worker. The bar must adopt policies to prevent pregnancy discrimination, conduct management training on anti-discrimination laws and post employee notices at the restaurant. For two years, the bar must report to the EEOC on complaints of pregnancy discrimination.

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