Two employers lose bias cases, must pay up

March 03, 1991|By Michael K. Burns

Two Maryland employers have been found guilty of huma relations law violations regarding pregnant employees and ordered to pay lost wages to two women who complained of sex discrimination.

Administrative Law Judge Irving Tranen decided both cases, which were brought by the Maryland Human Relations Commission.

Albright International Inc. of Jessup was ordered to pay $24,167 in lost wages to Teresa Cosh, who was discharged from her job as an executive assistant in July 1985 after she became pregnant.

The export firm argued Mrs. Cosh was fired out of business necessity, not because she was pregnant.

But Judge Tranen ruled otherwise, noting that other Albright employees had been granted medical leave for various reasons and had been reinstated to their jobs, so that Mrs. Cosh should not have been terminated for her medical leave.

"Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy is a form of discrimination on the basis of sex," he wrote.

Tri-State Credit Corp. of Crofton was found guilty of illegal retaliation against Annette M. Pecora, who was discharged in March 1985 when she was pregnant.

Mrs. Pecora, a collections agent, complained of sex discrimination to the Human Relations Commission and sought another job. She then learned that Tri-State had told a prospective employer that she was in litigation with her former employer, and she was not hired. Mrs. Pecora then filed a complaint alleging that the company retaliated against her.

Judge Tranen ordered the employer to pay Mrs. Pecora $4,103 in lost earnings and to refrain from further retaliation against employees who file human relations complaints.

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