Pregnant workers in Michigan may be concerned about their rights on the job, especially as pregnancy discrimination claims have been filed against some of the biggest employers in the country. In one case, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it is investigating Google over such a claim. The woman’s case received widespread attention after an internal memo she wrote was leaked and distributed on the internet. She said that she would not be returning to the company after her maternity leave, citing multiple examples of discriminatory remarks and alleged retaliation during her pregnancy.
In particular, the woman said that after she reported discriminatory comments about pregnancy by her supervisor, she suddenly began receiving poor performance reviews and was later denied a promotion. The human resources department at Google allegedly failed to investigate the issue until she hired an employment lawyer, and she was never interviewed by HR. She later filed a complaint with the EEOC for pregnancy discrimination, to which the company responded, saying that she was not promoted due to an insufficient number of workers in her area and that it did not find evidence that workplace discrimination had occurred.
However, the EEOC transferred the woman’s case for further investigation. This employment discrimination case comes as multiple Google employees have filed complaints about discriminatory treatment, including an age discrimination class action claim that ended with an $11 million settlement. The company has responded to allegations of tolerating harassment on the job by saying its procedures have changed to encourage workers to come forward, including improving its investigation protocols.
Women workers continue to face serious problems on the job, including being denied opportunities and pay because they are pregnant. Employees who have faced workplace discrimination may consult with an employment attorney about how they may protect their rights.