MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal agency that accused a Milwaukee medical-staffing company of firing a woman who had just given birth says the company has been ordered to pay $148,000.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had filed suit against HCS Medical Staffing Inc.

The agency says HCS’s owner made offensive comments about his bookkeeper’s pregnancy, and then fired her because she needed to take maternity leave.

A federal judge ordered the owner to pay the woman back pay plus interest, along with compensatory and punitive damages.

Prosecutors say the owner accused her of using pre-natal appointments as an excuse for time off, and he fired her by certified mail while she was in the hospital recovering from a Caesarean section.

A woman who answered the phone for HCS Saturday declined to comment.

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Comments (12)
  1. Stanley Peterson says:

    No…..No…. It means you locate outside this country. In China and India the women can not sue. If they do? It goes to trial and the fixed judges. They would rule against her. Then she would have to pay for court court costs for the rest of her life. . No wonder we have become a taker only nation! In law we have the appeal process. It could take years and this women could die of old age, before she got this money. Her attorney’s would get the bulk sum and she would be left with chump change. Ufta!

  2. Karen says:

    The lesson is that the government will decide who is going to work for you.

    1. Paul Solinger says:

      The lesson is that you have to possess common decency and morals if you are going to work for a company.

      People whine and complain about the government interfering, but let’s get real. If you made the right choices, then the government wouldn’t be interfering. What’s the right choices, you ask? First of all, don’t fire a woman who just had a baby, by certified mail, when she’s recovering from a C section.

      1. Karen says:

        I understand that YOU are too stupid to run your own life but why should the rest of us be forced to live under asinine rules designed to prevent idiots from coming to harm?

        Start a business. Your eyes will be opened.

        1. Dave says:

          The only idiots I have to worry about harming anyone are unregulated businesses. News flash, Karen: federal labor laws aren’t the reason your small business is struggling or floundering. It’s because your female brain probably opened a home-based daycare or cleaning business for which there is no demand. The only people who should really be rooting for deregulated business are the multi-billion dollar corporations like 3M or Target. That said, I hope, in a sense, that you small business owners each win out and businesses are deregulated. Then we can all watch as the big companies wipe you out one by one.

          1. Ann says:

            Dave, the female brain comment undercuts your argument. And Karen, my husband’s a small business owner and would never do something like this to an employee.

        2. Bob says:

          Asinine rules? Like….the ones that say you can’t fire someone for taking time off for childbirth, serious illness or caring for a sick spouse or child? That’s an asinine rule? What kind of world would it be if the employers always held all the cards? What twisted logic should give them the right to?

    2. the old nurse says:

      Blaming the government for your failure?

  3. Jill Hill says:

    Hey Murph, how do you know that this guy is rich? Obama problably has more money than this small business owner. Not defending what he did – it was wrong, but Murph, not every business owner is rich.

    1. Ann says:

      Well, he’s less rich now.

  4. jacob says:

    He could have easily avoid having to pay out if he had just shut up. He doesn’t even need a reason to fire her, but he made it about the pregnancy.

  5. SallyBee says:

    Only the privelaged Government Union Employee have aright to not be fired. Everyone else is employment at will. This is why they get so upset when they might get treated like people who have regular jobs… like in Wisconsin, Not to worry. most people in Minnesota are in a Government Union or depend on the government for their food , money housing so nothing wil ever be done to change this. .

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