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EEOC Claims DC Law Firm Rescinded Job Offer Because of Lawyer's Pregnancy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims in a suit that a Washington, D.C., law firm rescinded a job offer after the newly hired lawyer disclosed she was pregnant.

The suit against James E. Brown & Associates was filed Thursday, a day after the EEOC sponsored a meeting on pregnancy discrimination, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. ABC News, Time and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) covered the meeting and the issues.

The suit was filed on behalf of Zorayda Moreira-Smith, who alleges the job she was offered in January 2011 was nixed after she told the firm’s business manager she was six months pregnant.

The EEOC received about 5,800 complaints of pregnancy discrimination last year, down slightly from the 2008 peak of almost 6,300 complaints, the Wall Street Journal says. The agency has filed 268 suits alleging pregnancy discrimination over the last 10 years.

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