2U Faces Lawsuit for Pregnancy Discrimination

Working Mother Terminated While Five Months Pregnant: Education technology company 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), is facing a lawsuit for unlawfully terminating a female manager due to her pregnancy. The lawsuit has been filed in the Maryland Prince George's County Circuit Court (Case No.: CAL 15-04071).

​Education technology company 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), is facing a lawsuit for unlawfully terminating a female manager due to her pregnancy. Founded by businessman Chip Paucek, 2U terminated Aisha Childs, who served as a director for the company, after she disclosed her pregnancy and began suffering from medical complications. Ms. Childs is represented by Potomac Legal Group PLLC attorney Natalie Koss, who filed the lawsuit in the Maryland Prince George's County Circuit Court (Case No.: CAL 15-04071).

Ms. Childs was a star employee at 2U, Inc., in 2013, when she learned about her pregnancy. Having received numerous promotions within the company, Ms. Childs was serving as the Director of Enrollment Services, a position in which she was responsible for the application and enrollment processes at major universities nationwide. Her supervisors gave Ms. Childs glowing performance reviews and recognized her contributions and successful performance at 2U.

Her career suddenly came to a halt after Ms. Childs informed 2U about her pregnancy. The executive to whom Ms. Childs reported made shocking statements that indicated her pregnancy and maternity leave would inconvenience the company. Ms. Childs reported her supervisor's response to the company's human resources department. She soon learned, however, that 2U had no interest in protecting her rights as a pregnant and working mother.

Shortly after disclosing her pregnancy, Ms. Childs faced numerous pregnancy-related medical complications. Ms. Childs requested that 2U provide a temporary workplace accommodation. Under Maryland's Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy law, employers must provide pregnant employees with reasonable workplace accommodations, including changing an employee's job duties and work hours as well as provide leave to the employee. The employer is required to explore “all possible means of providing the reasonable accommodation.” 2U ignored the law and denied Ms. Childs reasonable accommodations under the law. After receiving her request for accommodations under the Maryland law, 2U terminated Ms. Childs.  

With this lawsuit, Ms. Childs is exercising her legal rights in seeking justice and hopes that her action will encourage 2U to respect working mothers and its pregnant employees.

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