Chicago board settles suit

The Associated Press reported on Dec. 17 that the Justice Department said on Wednesday that “it has settled a lawsuit it filed against the Chicago Board of Education alleging pregnancy discrimination against teachers.” The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Chicago last December, “said the board had a pattern of discrimination against pregnant teachers at Scammon Elementary School that resulted in the women receiving lower performance evaluations and threats of termination.” Under the terms of the settlement, “the board must pay $280,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to eight women and change its personnel policies to guard against discrimination based on gender and pregnancy,” and it “also must establish training requirements that reinforce a commitment to a workplace without gender-based discrimination.”