A Kinston-based nursing home has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The EEOC charged that since 2002 Britthaven had subjected pregnant employees to different terms and conditions that's its non-pregnant workers. The feds say when the company learned an employee was pregnant, it required her to obtain full medical clearance to continue working. The EEOC says this forced many pregnant women to take medical leave or be terminated.
In addition to paying back pay and compensatory damages, the company is prohibited from engaging in pregnancy discrimination or retaliation, Britthaven will also be required to conduct anti-discrimination training and file reports with the EEOC.
Britthaven operates 54 nursing and assisted living facilities in three states, including 20 here in Eastern Carolina.