New York hair salon, EEOC resolve allegations of pregnancy bias

New York-based Warren Tricomi hair salon, with locations in the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and in Greenwich, Connecticut, has agreed to pay $30,000 and provide a positive employee reference to settle a Title VII pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an agency announcement on March 15, 2012. The EEOC alleged in its lawsuit that Warren Tricomi rescinded an employee’s promotion from assistant colorist to colorist and fired her soon after she informed the company that she was pregnant (SDNY, No 11 Civ. 6837).

In addition to the monetary relief, the consent decree settling the suit requires that Warren Tricomi issue a positive job reference to the fired employee and provide training on laws prohibiting employment discrimination. The company will also distribute and post an antidiscrimination policy and a notice about the lawsuit and settlement at its salon locations, and make available to the EEOC all employee complaints of sex and/or pregnancy discrimination.

“Awareness of the [Pregnancy Discrimination Act] is important for both employers and employees, especially in fields with a large percentage of young women who are balancing their careers with their desire to start a family,” said Ana Consuelo Martinez, trial attorney in the EEOC’s New York District Office.