Pregnancy Discrimination Suits on the Rise

Law.com has an article out discussing the fact that pregnancy discrimination lawsuits are on the rise in corporate America, particularly among high-level female executives who claim that they are being knocked off the corporate ladder because of maternity issues.According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, pregnancy discrimination complaints have increased by 31 percent over the last decade, from 3,385 complaints in 1992 to 4,449 in 2005. During that same time period, prelitigation settlements have tripled, from $3.7 million to $11.6 million. The EEOC also is litigating more pregnancy discrimination complaints, filing 30 such lawsuits in 2005, compared with just six or fewer per year in the mid 1990s.The article notes that pregnancy discrimination cases can be extraordinarily dangerous if they make it to a jury. "If a case survives summary judgment and makes it to a jury, the chance of success are very high."

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