Lawsuit says company discriminated against pregnant women

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a federal agency accuses a New Mexico-based convenience store company of violating civil rights laws by refusing to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women with disabilities.

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission said Clovis-based Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc. also subjected pregnant women to forced leaves and terminations because of their disabilities, pregnancies, childbirth or related medical conditions.

The EEOC said it filed the lawsuit Tuesday after unsuccessfully attempting to negotiate a settlement with the company.

The agent said the company refused to modify work duties and shifts of women and to make other accommodations that would have allowed the women to continue working during their pregnancies.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the EEOC lawsuit.

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