A Pearl woman sued Penn's Fish House, Inc. for discrimination based on sex and pregnancy last week in U.S. District Court. Amanda Eady claimed she was hired by Penn's but fired before she started work when the company learned she was pregnant.
Ms. Eady applied for a job as a graphic design artist at Penn's and interviewed for the job on April 8, 2014. The company allegedly called her nearly an hour later and offered her the job. Ms. Eady accepted the offer and gave her two-week's notice to her current employer. She would be paid $15, an increase in pay from her previous job.
The complaint states that Ms. Eady stopped by the company on April 11 to inform it that she could begin work on April 23 but allegedly made the mistake of mentioning that she was pregnant. She claims the company caller her later that day and rescinded the job offer. She was then unable to obtain her previous job as it was already filled. She was five months pregnant and found a job at Gigig's Cupcakes but was paid only $8.50 per hour and was forced to "stand on her feet eight hours per day". She quit when she became thirty weeks pregnant as her doctor ordered her to be on bed rest. The complaint states that Ms. Eady has been unemployed since she left Gigi's.
Ms. Eady filed a complaint with the EEOC on April 17, 2014. The EEOC gave her permission to sue Penn's. She seeks lost wages and benefits for the time period after the company withdrew the offer, punitive damages, and attorney's fees.