5th Circ. Win Primes EEOC For Pregnancy Bias Battles
By Ben James
Law360, New York (May 31, 2013, 7:45 PM ET) -- The Fifth Circuit’s Thursday ruling that Title VII protects nursing mothers from being fired for lactating or expressing breast milk gives the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission a win that will likely embolden the agency as it seeks to crack down on pregnancy-related discrimination, lawyers say.
The appeals court revived an EEOC suit against Houston Funding II Ltd. that had been thrown out by a district court judge who ruled that firing someone because of lactation or breast pumping isn't sex discrimination. Worker Donnicia Venters was...