Pregnancy-bias case in Anchorage settled for $55,000 by Zale Corporation

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2007

ANCHORAGE - The nation's largest specialty jewelry dealer has agreed to settle a pregnancy bias discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of an expectant mother who worked at an Anchorage store.

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Thursday with Zale Corp.

The commission said it brought the lawsuit on behalf of Christina Kantarzis, a pregnant worker whose male manager at the company's Zales stores at the Dimond Center refused to promote despite her extensive experience with the company.

Zale has agreed to pay Kantarzis $55,000, the commission said in a prepared statement. Zale also has agreed to train managers and supervisors about discrimination and provide information to the commission about its handling of sex and pregnancy discrimination complaints for two years.

The company on Thursday denied the allegations in a written statement.

"The company does not, under any circumstances, condone or knowingly tolerate conduct by anyone in Zale's employment that may constitute unlawful discrimination," the statement said.

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