Federal court sides with former Verona employee in discrimination lawsuit

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Guam – The federal court sided with a former Verona employee who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company on July 2017.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed action on behalf of Rita Siguenza against Polaris Guam LLC, dba Verona Resort and Spa.

According to documents filed in court, Verona discriminated against Siguenza, “on the bases of sex (female-pregnant) and disability (gestational diabetes) when it failed to provide her with reasonable accommodation.”

Siguenza started working as a front desk agent for Verona in 2014, according to court documents. During the same year, Siguenza informed Verona about her pregnancy and her gestational diabetes.

Due to her pregnancy and health condition, Siguenza requested Verona management for a chair at the front desk. They did not comply with the request; instead, management transferred Siguenza to a different division.

Eventually, she would return to front desk where she requested the same accommodations. Days after making the request, Verona fired Siguenza, according to court documents.

In the order issued on May 13, 2019, the court sided with Siguenza, granting her at least $15,000 in compensatory relief.

The court also ordered Verona to comply with several conditions, including the hiring and retention of a third party Equal Employment Opportunity Monitor to ensure compliance with Title VII and ADA regulations.

The monitor will review and revise Verona’s policies and procedures and ensure training for all employees on their rights and responsibilities under Title VII and ADA.

Title VII or the “Civil Rights Act” prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.