SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Ralphs Grocery Co. has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit alleging a courtesy clerk at its Point Loma store was denied a request to change her work schedule to accommodate her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday.
The agency’s lawsuit alleged the Ralphs store in question denied the employee’s request to change her schedule, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and she was forced to quit as a result.
“The EEOC applauds Ralphs for agreeing to meaningful measures to protect pregnant employees in the workplace,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles District, whose jurisdiction includes San Diego County. “Frontline managers and supervisors must be educated on their obligation to properly handle accommodation requests for pregnancy-related medical conditions.”