WHITE PLAINS, NY (WCBS 880) – The U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York has filed a civil rights against the Port Chester–Rye Union Free School District for allegedly discriminating against an employee because she was pregnant.
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The lawsuit claims that after school psychologist Patricia Bevilacqua got pregnant with her first child, her position as the Committee on Special Education chairperson was given to a male co-worker.READ MORE: White House Details Plans To Vaccinate 28 Million Children Ages 5-11
The suit also claims that when Bevilacqua became pregnant with her second child, she was denied the position. Her supervisor allegedly told her it was so that she could spend more time with her children.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a press release, “Discrimination against women in the workforce who choose to have children cannot be tolerated. All employees, men and women, should be evaluated based on their performance, not their decision to have children.”MORE NEWS: Employee Stabbed To Death At East Harlem Deli
Meanwhile, calls to the school district have not been returned.