A Philadelphia retailer has settled a $375,000 federal lawsuit brought by former employee LaShonda Burns. Burns was fired from her assistant manager position in a Florida store in 2004 after she complained of employment discrimination against pregnant job applicants. The company, said Burns, would not hire applicants who revealed that they were pregnant, or who were visibly pregnant. Burns herself was pregnant at the time she was dismissed. Burns filed suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
The company must pay Burns $50,000 in back pay, $130,000 for her attorney's fees, and $135,000 for compensatory and punitive damages.
And who is this company? Mothers Work, which sells maternity clothing.