MUSKOGEE, OK -- The United States Department of Justice today announced that they have settled a lawsuit against Bryan County Sheriff Bill Sturch alleging pregnancy discrimination.
The complaint alleges that the sheriff discriminated against female Bryan County Jail employees by forcing them to be reassigned to administrative duties when they became pregnant.
The Justice Department says this violates Title XII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex--including pregnancy, national origin or religion.
The settlement prohibits the sheriff from engaging in any act or practice that discriminates against any employee of the Bryan County Sheriff's Office, including the Bryan County Jail, on the basis of sex and pregnancy.
The consent decree also requires the sheriff to implement a policy that prohibits employment discrimination.
We tried to reach Sheriff Sturch, but our phone calls were not returned.