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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Milwaukee, Wis.-based staffing firm for pregnancy discrimination. The suit alleges HCS Medical Staffing Inc. violated federal law by discriminating against a pregnant employee and then firing her while she was on maternity leave.
According to the EEOC’s suit, Charles Sisson, owner of the staffing company, made escalating negative comments about the upcoming maternity leave of HCS bookkeeper Roxy Leger. Sisson then terminated Leger, who had no prior negative comments on her work performance, seven days after she gave birth, according to the lawsuit.
Pregnancy discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The agency seeks compensatory and punitive damages for Leger, an order barring future discrimination and other relief.