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Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Settled with the EEOC for $80,000

Brittany Frisby applied online for a scribe position with Scribe-X, a medical documentation services based in Portland, Oregon. Frisby receiver an offer and completed all pre-hiring screens after which she told the company that she was ex­pecting a baby several months later. The company's CEO called her and rescinded the offer telling Frisby that she should have notified the company about her pregnancy because it would not have hired her had it known.
Rejecting a qualified job applicant because of pregnancy is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a settlement through its conciliation process.
The three-year consent decree settling the lawsuit provides Frisby with $80,000 in damages for emotional distress and lost wages. Scribe-X has agreed to implement policies that explain employee rights and responsibilities, provide anti-discrimination training to employees with the express commitment of leadership as well as separate training for upper management.