RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Justice Department is suing the Nevada
Division of Forestry, claiming the agency discriminated against an
employee by firing her soon after she announced her pregnancy.
The federal agency on Friday announced the suit was filed on behalf of former forestry division dispatcher Tawnya Meyer in U.S. District Court in Reno.
The complaint alleges there were no complaints about Meyer's work until she announced her pregnancy, and her termination violates a federal statute that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex, including pregnancy.
State Forester Pete Anderson, who heads the agency, did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.
The complaint seeks a court order requiring the state agency to develop and implement policies that would prevent its workers from
being subjected to discrimination based on sex.
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