The large drugstore chain is facing a federal lawsuit regarding a pregnancy disability discrimination allegation.
A Walgreens store manager in Louisiana refused to let a pregnant employee leave and visit her doctor after she began spotting blood. (Kiro 7 News). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a statement stating that the woman employee asked for numerous accommodations and eventually resigned from Walgreens following advice from her doctor to leave the job.
According to the EEOC statement and complaint, the woman who also suffers from diabetes and hypoglycemia, had a miscarriage on that very same day. The EEOC filed a lawsuit after attempting to reach a settlement pre-trial.
In its claim, the EEOC accuses Walgreens of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII protects employees from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The EEOC claims Walgreens denied the worker reasonable accommodations when it came to her disability and her pregnancy.
In addition to providing the woman her lost pay and accounting for the damages she faced specifically, the EEOC also seeks to prevent Walgreens from discriminating against more of its employees in the future.
All employees in the United States are protected by federal and state law from discrimination by their employer.
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