Kohler Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit--$175,000 for Female Showroom Executive
December 3, 2009
In recent employment and labor news, a pregnancy and gender discrimination lawsuit has been settled between The Kohler Company, and Rachel Lee, a female showroom executive who was allegedly fired from Kohler as a result of her pregnancy, not as a result of her qualifications.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this discrimination lawsuit against Kohler, the privately owned company that is well known for its plumbing products, in November 2006, after attempting to reach a settlement before litigation. The agency charged that Lee was discriminated against due to her gender and pregnancy--by being placed on probation, despite her performance record, and fired less than one month before her pregnancy due date.
Kohler settled the case for $175,000 of monetary relief, as well as mandating equal employment opportunity training, anti-discrimination postings and encouraging reporting in the future. Kohler signed the consent decree, but denied any wrongdoing or liability.
Pregnancy and gender discrimination in the workplace is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The EEOC enforces the federal laws that ban this kind of discrimination in the workplace.
If you or someone you know in Orange County or throughout Southern California has experienced gender discrimination in the workplace, our Anaheim-based team of attorneys and professionals can help find a solution for your recovery. Call Howard Law, PC today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.
Kohler Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Suit with EEOC, Atlanta Business Chronicle, November 25, 2009
Kohler Company Pays $175,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit, EEOC Press Release, November 25, 2009
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