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Verizon Communications Inc.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the telephone company on behalf of 12,300 current and former employees in 13 states for allegedly discriminating against pregnant women. The lawsuit claimed Verizon predecessor companies failed to count time spent on parental leaves toward pensions. Verizon has agreed to pay a $49 million pregnancy discrimination settlement. The agreement covers women employed by Bell Atlantic or Nynex at any time since January 8, 1994 who took a pregnancy or maternity-related leave of absence between July 2, 1965 and April 28, 1979; or a leave of absence to care for a newborn child between July 2, 1965 and December 31, 1983. (Jun-05-06) [BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL]


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Published on Jun-5-06


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