EEOC Sues Bourne’s House Restaurant for Pregnancy Discrimination


Bourne’s House Restaurant in Franklinton, Louisiana, admitted federal law violation when it terminated and afterward refused to recruit an employee due to her pregnancy.

The restaurant and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have resolved the lawsuit through a consent decree, reported in the EEOC press release.

Considering the facts admitted by the restaurant and stated by the court in the verdict, a newly recruited employee was terminated by a manager at Franklinton restaurant located in Louisiana.

The manager informed the employee through a social media message that she was terminated because she was pregnant.

Although the female employee reapplied for the job several months later, the Bourne’s House has marked her application as ‘pregnant’ and refrained from recruiting her.

Such treatment violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forbidding pregnancy-associated discrimination. The EEOC filed the lawsuit after attempting to make a pre-litigation settlement.

The 5-year consent decree states that Bourne’s House, LLC should pay $30,000 as damages to the former employee. Further, it must revise policies, conduct training, post a notice that upholds its obligations under Title VII and submit frequent reports to the EEOC.

  1. Sustaita, regional attorney for the EEOC Houston District Office, stated that the court’s verdict conveys a clear message that pregnant employees are eligible for the same opportunities as all other employees.

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