A woman who was pregnant may be able to maintain an employment discrimination
lawsuit against weight watchers. InEEOC v. The WW Group a pregnant woman filed a claim against Weight Watchers after they failed
to grant her even an interview.
The woman alleged was denied the opportunity to even apply for the job
because she was pregnant. She then sued, asserting that Weight Watchers
violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. As part of her evidence, the
woman noted that Weight Watchers had in pace a weight policy requiring
all applicants must be at a “personal goal weight” in order
to be eligible for hire. She claimed that despite being pregnant, she
within her goal weight range but was still denied the opportunity to apply.
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Here, the woman submitted a job application to WW in March 2009, expressing
her interest in becoming a group leader or receptionist. Shortly thereafter
she became pregnant with her second child. She was subsequently invited
to interview in September 2009, when she was roughly 5 months pregnant.
The woman then informed the hiring coordinator that she was pregnant,
but that she was still interested in working for WW. The hiring coordinator
then responded that it wasn’t worth it to interview because “WW
didn’t hire pregnant women.” She also stated that only someone
who is already working for WW when they become pregnant can remain employed.
In reviewing this case, the court found that the potential applicant could
maintain her claim for pregnancy discrimination, using WW’s own
reasoning that a group leader who becomes pregnant “has no negative
impact on the credibility of the WW program” and “is not inherently
an example of a failure of the program’s goals or methods at all.”
As a result, the woman was able to continue with her claim for pregnancy
As the court noted, the woman’s pregnancy had no bearing on whether
she could perform the job.
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