Federal employee was subjected to sex and reprisal. Complainant filed an EEO alleges sex (pregnancy) discrimination and reprisal. The Agency issued a Final Agency Decision (FAD) finding no discrimination or reprisal. Complainant appeal to the EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations (OFO). OFO reviewed evidence that after Complainant’s report of her pregnancy, her supervisor responded by saying things such as “don’t expect special treatment because you’re a single mother”, and “this is the worst possible time for this” immediately following the discussion of her pregnancy, Complainant was subjected to extreme heightened scrutiny for telework that other employees were not subjected to. Complainant was assured her position at the company would be held for her while on maternity leave; however, during her leave she was told to come collect her belongings as her work fellowship was the only one that was not being renewed. Additionally, Complainant was made to retroactively apply her leave to days when her supervisor was aware that Complainant had actually worked. The OFO held that Complainant had proven a prima facie case of discrimination and the Agency had failed to show any legitimate non-discriminatory reasons for Complainant’s treatment. As a result, the OFO reversed the Agency’s decision and ordered the Agency go reinstate Complainant and awarded compensatory damages.

Reita M. v. Agency for International Development, EEOC Appeal No. 0120161608 (July 17, 2018) https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/decisions/0120161608.txt

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