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U.S. Department of Justice Files Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Nevada Division of Forestry

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) on the grounds that the NDF fired a female employee after determining she was pregnant.

Tawnya Meyer was a dispatcher with the NDF. When she informed the NDF she was pregnant, her job was terminated. During the termination discussion, the NDF told Meyer that her pregnancy was a reason for her termination. Up until the time of her termination, Meyer had not received any work performance complaints.

After the termination, Meyer filed an employment sex discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After the EECO found reasonable cause to believe discrimination had taken place, the EEOC referred the charge to the DOJ. The DOJ lawsuit, filed in the Reno Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, charges the NDF’s actions violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Furthermore, the lawsuit charges that the NDF did not follow its own policies regarding job terminations. The lawsuit seeks a court order that would require the NDF to develop and implement policies that would prevent its employees from being subjected to discrimination based upon sex. It also seeks monetary relief for Meyer for damages she has sustained as a result of the alleged employment sex discrimination.

In a similar suit, Melodee Megia, a former room service sales employee at the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, has charged the resort and casino with employment sex discrimination. Megia alleges after she became pregnant, her supervisors began to make nasty comments to her. When one supervisor asked her to deliver a pleasure pack, which included condoms, to a guest, the supervisor added, “That’s what happens when you get pregnant. And isn’t it a little too late for that?”

When Megia was eight months pregnant the resort and casino fired her for saying “bye-bye” on the phone instead of “good bye.” Megia alleges that there was no script requiring her to say “good bye,” no other room service sales employee had ever been disciplined for being casual and friendly when they said goodbye on the phone, and if saying “good bye” had been a requirement she would have followed the requirement.

Megia is also part of a class action suit against the resort and casino for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Megia alleges the resort and casino does not pay their employees for the mandatory time spent waiting for and changing into their work uniforms.

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