Volume 50, Issue 1 - January 2015
Court Approves Settlements in Steel Price-Fixing Lawsuit
More litigation has come to a close regarding an alleged price-fixing lawsuit involving major players in the steel industry.
Oran Safety Glass Faces
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Oran Safety Glass Inc. alleging that the manufacturer violated federal law when it fired a female employee because she was pregnant.
According to the EEOC’s complaint, Nicole Williams was fired in early June of 2012, roughly a month after she began working as an assistant quality control supervisor at the company’s facility in Emporia, Va. The EEOC alleges the company notified Williams she was fired less than two weeks after she notified the company she was pregnant.
Williams’ ability to perform her job, according to the complaint, “was not affected by her pregnancy.” In fact, the complaint claims Williams’ work was “commended” by the company’s management and that she was “not informed of any issues related to the performance of her job prior to her termination.”
“No working woman should have to fear losing her job simply because she decides to have a child,” says Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District Office. “Employers must remember that terminating an employee because she is pregnant violates federal law, and the EEOC will enforce that law.”
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, seeks back pay, front pay and/or reinstatement, compensatory damages, and punitive damages for Williams, as well as injunctive relief. According to the EEOC, the suit comes after first attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through the agency’s conciliation process.
Oran Safety Glass Inc. manufactures armored safety glass, such as bullet-resistant glass for use by the military and in private sector applications. It is a privately owned company headquartered in Israel with two manufacturing facilities in Israel and one in Emporia, where Williams was employed.
According to court documents, such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).
Oran Safety Glass did not return request for comment.