Baton Rouge employer faces lawsuit after allegedly discriminating against pregnant employee

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing nation-wide security company Allied Universal for allegedly discriminating against one of its female employees in Baton Rouge.

The EEOC alleges that when U.S. Security Associates, which does business as Allied Universal, found out a female employee was pregnant, it reassigned her to more strenuous duty, according to an EEOC press release.

U.S. Security then allegedly insisted that the worker request reassignment before taking her off the schedule entirely. When she provided a release to return to full duty, U.S. Security reportedly fired her for “inactivity,” the release reveals.

“Federal law prohibits adverse actions against employees because of their sex, which includes pregnancy,” Rayford O. Irvin, district director of EEOC’s Houston District Office, said. “Such conduct deprives employees of equal employment opportunities and violates the law as well as basic fairness.”

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