Walmart has come under fire after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) got word of them mistreating pregnant women.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Walmart for alleged discrimination against pregnant women.
Alyssa Gilliam and a few others came together to file the complaint after she was denied unpaid leave back in 2015. The statement also says that Gilliam, as well as other pregnant women, were not given less physically demanding tasks.
This sparked a problem as pregnant women are supposed to be given the same accommodations as those who are disabled.
The EEOC’s district director in Chicago Julianne Bowman stated, “What our investigation indicated is that Walmart had a robust light-duty program that allowed workers with lifting restrictions to be accommodated.”
However, “Walmart deprived pregnant workers of the opportunity to participate in its light-duty program. This amounted to pregnancy discrimination, which violates federal law,” she explained.
In the complaint, Gilliam also states that she requested a chair, shorter work days, or additional breaks, which were all denied.
With all her request being rejected, Gilliam was forced to switch to a part-time job within the company, which caused a major pay cut and loss of benefits.
A similar situation is also taking place in New York and Illinois as they allegedly denied similar accommodations to thousands of workers.
Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said,
“Our accommodations policy has been updated a number of times over the last several years and our policies have always fully met or exceeded both state and federal law.”
As this investigation continues, we will keep you updated!