ROCHESTER HILLS (WWJ/AP) – A popular weight-loss business has agreed to pay a Detroit-area woman $45,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.
Wendy Lamond-Broughton joined Weight Watchers and lost 30 pounds following the birth of her first child and sought a job at the weight-loss company.
But when Lamond-Broughton, 40, was called for an interview in September 2009, she was told that she couldn’t be hired for the part-time position because she was pregnant again.
“It was a very blatant case of discrimination,” Lamond-Broughton told the Detroit News. “I am still shocked and hurt by their treatment of me, and I don’t think I will ever go back.”
After Lamond-Broughton filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Weight Watchers claimed said she was disqualified for the job because she was above her goal weight, albeit by five pounds. A lawsuit was filed at that time.
The WW Group Inc. agreed to pay Lamond-Broughton, of Rochester Hills, to settle the lawsuit in U.S. District Court. Court records show WW Group denies discrimination allegations and made no admission of liability. In a statement issued Tuesday, the company said it has employed a workforce of primarily women for more than 40 years, including many who were pregnant.
Lamond-Broughton told the Detroit News she’s grateful for outcome, saying “It’s a positive step for the rights of women everywhere.”
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