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The 11th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2017 is … the Pregnant Pause

One company rescinded a job offer to a female employee after it learned that she was pregnant.

The EEOC has taken a judgment of $118,483 against a New jersey debt collection firm in a pregnancy discrimination case. Why? Because the firm rescinded a job offer to a female employee after it learned that she was pregnant. 

That alone, however, will not earn one an employer a nomination for “Worst Employer of 2017.” I’ll let the EEOC explain further:

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Receivable Management … rescinded its offer to promote a female employee after she announced that she was pregnant. The employee was told that she was not going to be promoted because the owners of the company did not think that a pregnant woman could handle the stress or the long hours of a management position. …

If you make employment decisions based on stereotypes that pregnancy lessens a woman’s ability to perform her job, you might be the worst employer of 2017.

Jon Hyman is a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Hyman’s blog at Workforce.com/PracticalEmployer.