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D.C. law firm to pay $18,000 to settle EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawsuit

James E. Brown & Associates, a Washington, D.C. law firm, agreed to pay $18,000 to settle an EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.

According to the EEOC, Zorayda J. Moreira-Smith interviewed for an attorney position and received a job offer from Brown & Associates in January 2011.

Moreira-Smith inquired with one of the managers via email about the firm’s maternity leave policy and informed the manager that she was six months pregnant.

A few hours later, Brown & Associates emailed Moreira-Smith and rescinded its job offer, allegedly because of her pregnancy.

EEOC attorney Lynette Barnes said, “No woman should have to choose between having children and working. “Employers must remember that they cannot make employment decisions based on stereotypes about pregnant employees. As the law makes clear, discrimination due to pregnancy is illegal and the EEOC will vigorously redress violations of the law.”

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