An Exeter-based company has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle allegations of discrimination against a pregnant employee.
Peninsula Packaging, a company that provides packaging for on-the-go food items, reportedly placed a pregnant employee on involuntary leave when she asked to be accommodated at the workplace due to her pregnancy.
When the allegations were submitted to the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said it found reasonable cause to believe the packaging company did discriminate against the employee due to her pregnancy. But despite agreeing to settle the claims, the company never admitted to any wrongdoing.
And the settlement avoided a court trial because the packaging company agreed to enter a three-year agreement where an equal employment opportunity consultant will step in and train employees on the topic of discrimination.
The company will also be assisted in modifying and revising its discrimination policies.