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Maternal Discrimination

New York, NY: (May-21-08) The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought charges against the New York Department of Correctional Services, on behalf of 23 female corrections officers, who claimed that they were discriminated because they were pregnant.

The suit claimed that the state department discriminated against the women by determining female employees having babies should be transferred from workers' compensation leave benefit status. They suit said that the status benefits, for which they were otherwise considered eligible, were lowered to maternity leave status, which has a lower level of benefits. Federal officials stated that discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace is a violation of their civil rights.

As part of a settlement agreement negotiated with the New York Department of Correctional Services, it agreed to pay a total of $972,000 to 23 female corrections officers, to resolve allegations. Apart from the payout, sources stated that the plaintiffs will also receive non-monetary relief. [UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL: N.Y. AGENCY SETTLES DISCRIMINATION SUIT]

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Published on May-23-08


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