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      Pet food processor to pay $30,000 to settle pregnancy lawsuit

      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that Triple T Foods, an Arkansas pet food processor, will pay $30,000 to a former employee and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the agency.

      The EEOC's suit charged Triple T with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 when it terminated a lab technician the same day she informed the company of her pregnancy.

      The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

      In addition to the monetary relief, the consent decree settling the suit, requires Triple T to provide training to its personnel on pregnancy discrimination; submit reports to EEOC during the period the consent decree is in effect; and post a notice reinforcing the company's policies on Title VII and its procedures for reporting and preventing pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

      According to its website, the company is a Kansas corporation doing business in Arkansas, with a headquarters in Frontenac, Kan. It was founded in 1976 and is a processing facility for leading brands of dog and cat food.

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