FRIEDMAN REALTY GROUP TO PAY $60,000 TO SETTLE PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION SUIT
Real Estate Investment Firm Fired Employee Because of Pregnancy
Friedman Realty Group, Inc., a Gibbsboro, N.J.-based real estate investment firm that owns and manages apartment communities, retail shopping centers and professional office buildings, will pay $60,000 and furnish significant relief to resolve a federal pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.
It was charged that Friedman subjected a leasing agent at its Prospect Park, Pa., location to more scrutiny and discipline after she told management personnel that she was pregnant and then fired her because of her pregnancy.
This alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy. .
In addition to the $60,000 in monetary relief to the leasing agent, the two-and-a-half-year consent decree resolving the suit enjoins Friedman from engaging in pregnancy discrimination or retaliation in the future. Friedman will provide pregnancy discrimination training to all management, non-management, and human resources employees and will disseminate its policy prohibiting pregnancy discrimination to all employees. Friedman will report to the EEOC on how it addresses any internal complaints of pregnancy discrimination. The company also posted an employee notice regarding the federal anti-discrimination laws.
“Pregnancy discrimination hurts everyone — especially the worker who is deprived of a paycheck when she needs it most,” said EEOC Philadelphia District Office Regional Attorney Debra M. Lawrence. “We are pleased that Friedman agreed to a settlement that not only provides monetary compensation to the worker but also contains important relief to protect all employees from pregnancy discrimination.”
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