EEOC Sues Kaiser Permanente Hawaii for Discrimination

September 1, 2005 ( - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against Kaiser Permanente Hawaii for allegedly discriminating against a pregnant nurse.

The EEOC alleges that a nursing supervisor at Kaiser’s Wailuku Clinic on Maui withdrew an offer for promotion less than 24 hours after Margaret McIlroy disclosed that she was pregnant, according to Pacific Business News.

McIlroy, a labor and delivery registered nurse, was supposed to start her new position as director of obstetrics and pediatrics at the Wailuku clinic on July 28, 2003. According to the news report, a family emergency delayed her transfer until October of 2004. McIlroy says she confirmed her October 1 start date with a nursing manager on September 11, 2003 and disclosed her pregnancy to a labor relations consultant on the following day.

Pacific Business News reports that the suit claims that later on the night she disclosed her pregnancy the nursing manager left her a message that the job offer was withdrawn.

The EEOC filed the suit after the parties failed to reach a settlement, and is seeking back pay, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, compensatory and punitive damages, and other injunctive relief, according to the news report.