Child care center settles pregnancy bias case

CHICAGO — An Illinois child care center has agreed to pay $31,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination case brought by the federal government.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that Adventures in Learning discriminated against a pregnant worker at one of its sites, refusing to allow her to work after her fourth month of pregnancy.

Under the agreement, the Aurora-based childcare company must train its employees on prevention of pregnancy discrimination and report to the EEOC for the next two years.

U.S. District Judge George Marovich entered the agreement that resolved the lawsuit on Feb. 22.

EEOC regional attorney John Hendrickson says early resolution of the case meant the employer avoided legal costs and the government avoided unneeded expense to taxpayers.