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Cigna settles pregnancy discrimination case November 1, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Case, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Tuesday it has reached a settlement on an employment lawsuit against Cigna’s customer service call center in Phoenix for alleged pregnancy discrimination.

The EEOC alleged that Cigna’s call center discriminated against Carmen Santa Cruz by refusing to hire her as a customer service associate upon learning she was pregnant.

Wendell Potter, a spokesman for Cigna, denied any discriminatory activity and said the company agreed to settle for economic reasons.

“Cigna has a long history of hiring and promoting women and does not discriminate,” Potter said.

Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI), will pay $50,000 to Cruz and agreed to review its policies and provide training to employees at the service center regarding pregnancy discrimination.

The EEOC has seen a 33 percent increase in pregnancy charges over the last 10 years, said Chester Bailey, district director of the EEOC.

“We are concerned that employers are uneducated about the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978,” he said.

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Source: bizjournals.com

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