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Defense firm sued over pregnancy policy

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday it has filed suit against DTM Corp. of Fort Washington, charging the defense contractor subjected employees to pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.

According to the federal agency, DTM’s corporate maternity policy imposes greater burdens on pregnant employees than on other employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work.

The EEOC also said the company mandated suspension of pregnant women pending receipt of a medical release, and required medical examinations that are not job-related or consistent with business necessity.

Furthermore, the agency said DTM harassed and disciplined a pregnant employee who complained about the company’s policy.