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$1 Million Awarded to MA State Troopers in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Four female Massachusetts state troopers were awarded $1 million in damages this week, as well as $300,000 for emotional distress and $47,000 for economic losses resulting from a lawsuit that charged pregnancy discrimination. The charges stemmed from a directive that was issued by the Department in 1997 which prohibited pregnant women from “wearing uniforms, interacting with the public, working overtime, and driving police cruisers.” In response, the four women filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In response to their complaint, the State re-wrote the regulations so that pregnant women can get permission from a doctor to remain on full-duty status.

Sources:

Kaisernetwork Health Report 10/5, Associated Press, 10/5

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