• $100,000 Settlement for Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
  • June 29, 2017
  • A Daytona Beach based Insurance Brokerage Firm, Brown & Brown agreed to pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that alleged pregnancy discrimination. According to the suit, Brown & Brown made a written job offer to an applicant and sent her an employment agreement for a "personal lines technical assistant" position in its Daytona Beach office along with proposed start dates. The applicant responded with her interest by email. About two hours later, while communicating with the department leader's assistant about the position, the applicant inquired about maternity benefits because she was pregnant. The assistant informed the department leader of the applicant's pregnancy, and a few minutes later the job offer was rescinded according to the complaint. The company stated that it "had a very urgent need to have somebody in the position long term." The EEOC filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division after attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. In the settlement consent decree, the company agreed to adopt and distribute a policy on pregnancy discrimination, training of managers, supervisors, and human resources personnel at the company's Daytona Beach location, as well as other Brown & Brown locations in Florida. The program will cover sex discrimination, including pregnancy discrimination. In addition, Brown & Brown agreed to provide annual information to the EEOC during the two-year monitoring period concerning its handling of pregnancy discrimination complaints.