A Milwaukee medical staffing company will have to pay a former employee nearly $150,000 after firing the new mom for taking maternity leave.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit alleging HCS Medical Staffing, Inc. committed pregnancy discrimination after Roxy Leger, a former bookkeeper, was fired over her plans to take maternity leave, Milwaukee's FOX 6 reports.
The Milwaukee company was ordered to pay Leger a total of $148,340, which included $100,000 in punitive and compensatory damages, according to an EEOC press release.
The agency's owner allegedly made "offensive comments" during Leger's pregnancy and fired the mom-to-be through the mail shortly after she gave birth in the hospital, the Associated Press reports.
Judge J.P. Stadtmueller said the incident was humiliating and degrading for Leger.
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