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Chicago school board settles pregnancy discrimination case for $280,000


The Chicago Board of Education has agreed to pay $280,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to eight terminated teachers to settle a U.S. Department of Justice pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, the department said Wednesday.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago in December 2014, the Justice Department charged that the board had terminated pregnant teachers working at the Scammon Elementary School in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Terms of the settlement, which must be approved by the District Court, also include requiring the board to change its personnel policies to guard employees against discrimination on the basis of sex and pregnancy and implementing training requirements for supervisors and staff.

“Today, the Chicago Board of Education takes an important step toward ensuring that no woman loses her job, faces discipline or endures threats because of her pregnancy,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, in a statement. “Our settlement establishes critical measures to provide a workplace environment free from sex-based discrimination.”

A board of education spokeswoman said it has not yet issued a statement on the matter.

The New York-based Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, said in November that its law enforcement division will pay $206,500 to settle pregnancy discrimination charges filed by its female officers.

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