EEOC SUES WELLSNESS SPA FOR PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION
The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, sued CFS Health Management, Inc., d/b/a Shefa Wellness Center, for pregnancy discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The EEOC filed suit alleging that the Company’s employee, April Raines, was unlawfully terminated after informing her boss that she was pregnant. The lawsuit alleges that Raines was a newly-hired, licensed skin care therapist who was fired just 2 days after announcing her pregnancy. When Raines asked why she was terminated, she was told that she deceived the Company by not disclosing her pregnancy during the interview. The EEOC seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief for Raines.