A woman who was pregnant may be able to maintain an employment discrimination
lawsuit against weight watchers. In
EEOC v. The WW Group, a pregnant woman filed a claim against Weight Watchers after they failed
to grant her even an interview.
The woman was allegedly 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
was still within her goal weight range. Regardless, she was still denied
the opportunity to apply for the job.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sex discrimination
on the basis of pregnancy. If you believe you have suffered discrimination
because of a pregnancy, it is important to consult with a top
Georgia employment discrimination attorney right away.
Here, the woman submitted an employment opportunity card 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 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.
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.
For more information about pregnancy discrimination or if you believe that
you have been discriminated against as the result of being pregnant, please
contact the top
Atlanta pregnancy discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.