Britthaven Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

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.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Apr 14, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    Its funny to me that employers can charge higher insurance premiums if someone smokes or is overweight because they say that is avoidable. Seems to me that getting pregnant is avoidable also. So why the difference?
  • by D Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    different terms and conditions that's its non-pregnant workers....sad that the news can't even check for typos...haha
  • by Karma on Apr 14, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    What goes around, comes around. This company "laid me off" 5 days after coming back from surgery. I'm glad someone finally nailed them. LOL
  • by john Location: pitt on Apr 14, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    CNA work is hard, lifting, work. If someone becomes pregnant, keeps working, and miscarrys due to straining to lift a patient, then I'm sure they would sue the company instead of using common sense and quitting until after the pregnancy. This is another example of the justice system protecting the guilty instead of the innocent.
  • by your kidding me on Apr 14, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    these women obviously need someone to look after them, now they will want to sue after they miscarry because of lifting the patients. i know i worked as a NA for 6 years. and it is very physically demanding work. i can understand why britthaven took the potition they did.
  • by richard Location: bertie on Apr 13, 2009 at 08:43 PM
    this is a silly suit. if the nurse had hurt themselves or their baby the nursing home would have been sued. a pregnant woman is fragile. thats a fact. what a court system we have
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    Good. Who else will take care of them when they get old? Must have babies to keep the cycle of life going.
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