The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against two corporations operating in Arizona for a total of $64,500.
The EEOC's suit charged that Otto Bock Healthcare LP, which does business in Tempe as Ortho Rehab, discriminated against temporary employee Heidi Fisher when it failed to hire her for one of two open permanent positions because of her pregnancy and because she complained to company management about pregnancy discrimination.
Fisher had been working for several months at Ortho Rehab through employment agency Robert Half International, which honored Otto Bock's request to end Fisher's temporary assignment, the EEOC said.
Under the settlement, Otto Bock will pay a $60,000 fine and Robert Half will pay the remainder, said Sally Shanley, EEOC supervisory attorney. The money will be paid to Fisher, she said.
Consent decrees resolving the case were signed by Federal District Court Judge G. Murray Snow, the agency said.