The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Bayou City Wings on accusations they fired pregnant employees.
In a lawsuit, Maryann Castillo and eight other women accuse the Baytown-based restaurant chain of firing them after the third month of their pregnancies per company policy. In a statement, the EEOC says:
"According to a Bayou City Wings general store manager, for a manager to keep a pregnant employee at work any longer would ‘be irresponsible in respect to her child's safety' and would jeopardize his position with the company ‘for not following procedures'."
If true, Bayou City Wings would be in violation of the "Pregnancy Discrimination Act" which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex or pregnancy.
The EEOC wants an injunction, back pay with pre-judgment interest, reinstatement or front pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages.