The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Off the Air, II, Inc., which does business as Nick’s Sports Grill, a sports bar in Rowlett, Texas.
The EEOC says Off the Air will pay $24,000 to a former female bartender.
An EEOC investigation revealed Taylor King was forced to leave her job after she changed the bar’s mandatory wardrobe to something different. Nick’s requires female bartenders and waitresses to wear hot pants and tight tops. King who was pregnant decided to change her wardrobe to something more comfortable. She replaced her hot pants with Capri pants, and wore loser tops.
The EEOC says a General Manager told King the owner would not like what she was wearing and that’s when she was asked to leave. King filed a complaint with the EEOC.
The lawsuit settlement also requires the bar owners to:
- Pay a $24,000 financial settlement to King.
- Prohibit future discrimination and retaliation for complaining about it.
- Disseminate specific parts of its employee handbook to all employees.
- Provide annual training on pregnancy and other forms of discrimination.
- Report all complaints of discrimination to the EEOC as agreed as part of three-year settlement.
- Impose discipline up to termination on any manager who discriminates based on sex or permits such conduct to occur under his or her supervision.
- Post a notice on employee bulletin boards about the decree, explaining procedures for reporting discrimination.
EEOC Trial Attorney Toby Wosk Costas says…
Even bars and clubs with provocative uniforms cannot discriminate by using the dress code requirement to oust a pregnant employee…When the short, tight outfit no longer worked, Taylor King no longer had a job. She could have continued to work at Nick’s had she not become pregnant. Under civil rights laws, that’s pregnancy discrimination, which is a form of discrimination based on sex.
Taylor King, the former bartender had the last word.
Just because you look different as a pregnant woman, it doesn’t mean you can’t do your job. I want people to know that if you feel you are being discriminated against, you should do something about it.
MY OPINION, YES I HAVE ONE
Taylor King is a brave woman. Now her bravery has changed the way pregnant employees are treated at bars and restaurants where they are required to wear sexy clothes on the job.
Her discrimination lawsuit should also teach male bosses to have more compassion for pregnant women, and realize they want to work.
Also kudos to the EEOC that is always fighting to rid the world of discrimination.
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Source: EEOC Press Release