Ford Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

By Staff Writer November 21, 2022

Ford Motor Company will pay $115,000 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Ford violated federal law when it refused to hire a pregnant applicant to work at its stamping plant in Chicago Heights, Ill., due to her pregnancy. Ford extended the applicant a conditional offer, subject to passing a physical, drug test, and background check. The woman passed each of these tests successfully, disclosing at her physical that she was pregnant. Ford’s doctor cleared her to begin work in 2019, but Ford did not schedule her for her first day of work. The woman repeatedly called Ford to find out when she would begin working and was given various answers, until she was told in late October 2019 Ford was no longer hiring.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination because of pregnancy.

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