Without admitting any wrongdoing, Kaiser agreed to pay the amount to Margaret McIlroy, a registered labor and delivery nurse.McIlroy
had been offered a position in 2003 as director of nursing for obstetrics and pediatrics at Kaiser
on Maui, a transfer and promotion from her
position at Kaiser
in Baldwin Park, Calif.
Two weeks before her
October start date, she
pregnancy and plans to take maternity leave that December.Less than 24 hours after that, she
got a phone message rescinding the Maui job offer.
...Margaret McIlroy, a registered labor and delivery nurse and certified midwife, had applied for a promotional transfer from Kaiser Southern California to the Kaiser Wailuku clinic in the fall of 2003.
But after extending a job offer as director of Nursing for Obstetrics and Pediatrics, Kaiser
withdrew it less than 24 hours after McIlroy
informed the hospital that she
was pregnant, alleges the EEOC, violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Mcllroy, who was 44 at the time, got a voice mail message notifying her
's rescission of the job offer.She
was two weeks away from starting.
In the current case, McIlroy
, then a nurse at Kaiser
in Baldwin Park, Calif., had applied for the job in June 2003, received an offer, and was planning to start her
new position the following month.
mother fell ill unexpectedly, and she
transfer until October.Two weeks before she was to start, she had a conversation with a human resources representative at Kaiser Wailuku, saying she intended to take maternity leave in December.Her
due date was the first week of January 2004.
That same night, the nursing manager left her
a message on her
cell phone, withdrawing the job offer.
may not have told that manager about her
pregnancy directly, it was in her
"Standing up for my civil and God-given rights has come at an incalculable and a never-ending cost to my family and myself, but I felt strongly that I had to speak out," said McIlroy
."It started as, and has always been, the mere principle of the matter ... trying to protect ALL women from having this happen to them."Kaiser
also agreed to a separate, confidential settlement on other claims by McIlroy
that weren't covered under Title VII, one of which was a violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.