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University of Baltimore settles pregnancy discrimination suit

BALTIMORE — The University of Baltimore has settled a lawsuit alleging it discriminated against a pregnant employee.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced in a release Monday that the university will pay $115,000 to Sarah Dechowitz and review its anti-discrimination policies.

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According to the federal complaint, a high-ranking official made comments that indicated Dechowitz's pregnancy was a motivating factor in eliminating her position, which terminated her employment. A week after she was notified of the move, the university advertised a similar, new position and wouldn't rehire her.

Dechowitz initially filed a charge of sex discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which referred it to the Justice Department to pursue a Title VII complaint.

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Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore said in the release that the department is committed to fighting pregnancy discrimination.

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