Baltimore university settles pregnancy discrimination suit
BALTIMORE (AP) — The University of Baltimore has settled a lawsuit alleging it discriminated against a pregnant employee.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced in a release Monday that the university will pay $115,000 to Sarah Dechowitz and review its anti-discrimination policies.
According to the federal complaint, a high-ranking official made comments that indicated Dechowitz’s pregnancy was a motivating factor in eliminating her position, which terminated her employment. A week after she was notified of the move, the university advertised a similar, new position and wouldn’t rehire her.
Dechowitz initially filed a charge of sex discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which referred it to the Justice Department to pursue a Title VII complaint.
Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore said in the release that the department is committed to fighting pregnancy discrimination.