Silverado Oak Village located in Menomonee Falls has agreed to pay the sum of $80,000 to a former employee that claimed in a lawsuit that she was unlawfully discriminated against when she was fired during her pregnancy. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Milwaukee in August, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed that the California-based company had violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act when it apparently fired Shaquena Burton, a caregiver at the assisted living facility in June of 2014.
The EEOC wrote in its complaint against Silverado that Burton had a Doctors note outlining medical restrictions due to her pregnancy. The EEOC wrote that despite the note, Silverado “terminated her employment because of her sex and pregnancy.” The suit continued and claimed that in the few days following the firing of Burton, Silverado granted a request from a nonpregnant employee who was injured on the job and had lifting restrictions.
Both parties agreed to a settlement in early January 2018. Despite agreeing to the settlement, Silverado denies discriminating against Burton or any illegal acts what so ever.
“Silverado has always taken seriously the need to accommodate pregnant employees, and we disagree with the allegations presented in the case,” Frank Russo, Silverado senior vice president, said. “We chose to settle the matter to avoid what would likely have become years of costly litigation.” – Silverado
“We thank Silverado for its commitment to settle this case before the sides incurred significant costs and its willingness to ensure a level playing field for its pregnant employees seeking job modifications, including light duty work,”
According to the companies website, Silverado operates 50 assisted-living facilities in eight states including Illinois and Wisconsin. It specializes in hospice, both at-home, and memory care services.
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