Missouri Security Firm Agrees to Pregnancy Discrimination Settlement

June 3, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A St. Louis security guard service has agreed to a $50,000 out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit charging that it discriminated against a pregnant former employee.

Under the settlement with US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Whelan Security Company will pay $50,000 to former worker Caprice Walker, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

The August 2004 lawsuit, filed by the EEOC on Whelan’s behalf, claimed that she had worked for the company for more than two years when she became pregnant in Jun 2003 and was removed from her post. The report said her removal came despite having a doctor’s letter stating that she was able to work without restrictions.

Under the settlement of the suit filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Whelan agreed to pay Walker back pay and compensatory damages, the EEOC said. In addition, Whelan also will implement an anti-discrimination policy related to pregnancy and provide training to its workforce, the agency said.