Weight-loss business settles discrimination case

FARMINGTON HILLS (AP) -- A weight-loss business has agreed to pay a Detroit-area woman $45,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.

The Detroit News reports Wendy Lamond-Broughton joined Weight Watchers and lost 30 pounds following the birth of her first child and sought a job at the weight-loss company.

She says she was told in September 2009 that she couldn't be hired, however, because she was pregnant again. Lamond-Broughton says she was "shocked and hurt."

The WW Group Inc. agreed to pay 40-year-old Lamond-Broughton, of Rochester Hills, to settle the lawsuit in U.S. District Court. In a statement Tuesday, the company said it has employed a workforce of primarily women for more than 40 years, including many who were pregnant.

Court records show WW Group denies discrimination allegations and made no admission of liability.

Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014