Kevin & J Company Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit For $15,000

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Kevin & J Company, Inc., an Atlanta-based company that sells retail clothing and apparel, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced Wednesday.

In its lawsuit, the EEOC charged that Kevin & J violated federal law by discharging Jenny Thosychangh because of her pregnancy.  According to the EEOC’s complaint, Ms. Thosychangh worked as a customer associate for two days at Kevin & J’s Chattanooga store.
She was terminated immediately after she advised her store manager of her pregnancy.

Pregnancy discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.  The EEOC filed suit (Civil Action 1:12-cv-00321) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Southern Division after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

In addition to the $15,000 monetary relief, the three-year consent decree settling the lawsuit prohibits Kevin & J from future discriminating against employees on the basis of sex or pregnancy. The decree requires that Kevin & J maintain an anti-discrimination policy and train employees on rights under Title VII.  The decree also requires the company to post a notice to all employees about protections under Title VII that provides the EEOC’s contact information.

“Pregnancy discrimination is a serious problem that continues to be all too present in the American workplace,” said Faye A. Williams, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi.  “Employers cannot discharge female workers based on discriminatory stereotypes about pregnancy, and the EEOC will continue to work to combat this type of blatant bias.”

According to company information, Kevin & J Company, Inc. is a Georgia corporation headquartered in Atlanta.  It has operated clothing and apparel retail store locations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company operates retail store locations under various names, including Bonnie’s, New Square and Skillz Incorporated.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.  Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Kelvon Dozier Faces Multiple Charges After Armed Burglary On Sunnyside Avenue

Police were called to a home on Sunnyside Avenue after the owner drove up and saw three men leaving the house and running into an SUV. The owner was also able to get part of the tag number. When he told police, they realized his description matched a vehicle they had pulled over earlier. Because of this, police were able to identify the driver and his address. The owner also ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)

Owls Beat McMinn, 30-12, To Complete Unbeaten Regular Season

Undefeated. Sounds nice, huh. After a sluggish first half that produced only three points on a Laszlo Toser field goa., third-ranked Ooltewah came to life in the third quarter, riddled McMinn County’s defense with three Kelvin Leon touchdown passes in the third quarter and went on to beat the Cherokees, 30-12, at James N. Monroe Stadium to secure the school’s third unbeaten ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Clobbers Grundy Co. For 7-AA Title

Notre Dame coach Charles Fant is always hoping that his Fighting Irish football team can get off to a fast start. He never thought it would be as quick as what he saw Thursday night at Jim Eberle Field. With a District 7-AA championship on the line on an evening when they honored all of the fall senior athletes, a football game turned into a track meet and eventually a victory ... (click for more)