A Farmington Hills woman who lost 30 pounds on the Weight Watchers program after giving birth to her first job,but was denied a job with the company that offers the weight-loss program because she was pregnant again will be paid a $45,000 settlement.
Wendy Lamond-Broughton of Rochester sued the Farmington Hills-based Weight Watchers Group Inc., for bias in U.S. District Court, the Detroit News reports.
Lamond-Broughton applied for a job at Weight Watchers’ Troy location in September 2009 and said she was “shocked and hurt” when she was told she couldn’t be hired because of her pregnancy.
Weight Watchers agreed to Lamond-Broughton, 40, the $45,000 to settle the lawsuit. The company said in a statement that its workforce has been primarily made up of women for 40 years, including many who were pregnant. The company denied the discrimination and made no admission of liability.The suit was filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after settlement negotiations failed, the newspaper said.