Chicago School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The Justice Department says that it has settled a lawsuit it filed against the Chicago Board of Education alleging pregnancy discrimination against teachers.

The lawsuit filed last year claimed an elementary school principal discriminated against teachers who got pregnant by giving them lower performance evaluations and threatening to get them fired.

On Tuesday the Justice Department said that under the terms of the settlement the board must change its personnel policies, establish training requirements and pay $280,000 in back pay and damages to eight women.

The lawsuit stems from complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made by teachers at Scammon Elementary School. Federal officials say the EEOC tried to resolve the case before referring it for litigation.

Chicago Public Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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