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EEOC Upholds Class Certification for Case Co-Counseled by GEL, Partner Cori Cohen Quoted in Federal News Network

by | Sep 28, 2023 | Case Results

On August 30, 2023 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) upheld a class certification which allows potentially hundreds of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees to move forward with their class action discrimination lawsuit.

The case, co-counseled by GEL, alleges that pregnant CBP employees were systematically forced to give up duties, and onto temporary light duty (“TLD”), after informing supervisors of their pregnancies in violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 19878. Following this decision, all CBP employees who were placed on temporary light duty due to their pregnancy after July 18, 2016.

GEL partner and co-counsel Cori Cohen was quoted in the Federal News Network’s article on the EEOC’s decision. She told the Federal News Network “The agency implemented a widespread policy based on patriarchal stereotypes about the abilities of pregnant women.” To read the full article, click here.

You can read the decision here. If you believe you are a member of the class, please contact class counsel by email at or telephone at (301) 608-0884.