In another case of sex based discrimination, damages will be paid to eight women employed by the Chicago Public Schools who claimed they were victims of pregnancy discrimination.
The government alleged last year that pregnant teachers at a Chicago elementary school received lowered performance ratings and were targeted for firing by their principal.
The principle was accused of subjecting pregnant teachers “to disparate treatment with regard to performance evaluation ratings” and purposefully treating the same teachers less favorably because of their pregnancies.
As part of the $280,000 settlement, that still requires approval by a federal judge, the school board will be required to provide quarterly reports detailing complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation related to pregnancy moving forward.
Source: The Chicago Tribune, “Chicago Public Schools to pay damages over pregnancy discrimination lawsuits”, by Juan Perez Jr., December 17, 2015.