EEOC, Hawaii retailer settle discrimination suit

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a company that operates stores at Hawaii resort areas will pay $60,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.

The EEOC announced Wednesday that Step Three, Ltd. is settling the lawsuit involving a buyer who underwent infertility treatments. The EEOC says a company official allegedly made offensive comments about her intentions and eventual pregnancy.

The agency claims the buyer lost her job when she said she wouldn’t be able to travel because of her pregnancy.

According to the EEOC, the company agrees to pay the woman $60,000 and provide a neutral reference. The company also agrees to implement various anti-discrimination policies and procedures.

The owner of the company couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. The EEOC says Step Three sells shoes, bags and accessories.

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