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Subway franchisee sued for refusing to hire pregnant woman

PHOENIX The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against a Subway franchisee here on behalf of a woman who claimed she was denied a job because she was pregnant.

The suit was filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court here against High Speed Enterprise Inc., which operates five Subway sandwich shops in the state.

EEOC regional attorney Mary Jo O’Neill said job applicant Belinda Murillo was asked if she was pregnant during an interview and when she replied yes, the store’s manager said he would not hire her.

Aspokeswoman for the franchisee said Subway does not condone discriminatory hiring practices of any kind and that the manager who interviewed Murillo was terminated. High Speed’s owners tried to resolve the misunderstanding and twice offered Murillo a job, which she declined.

The Subway suit was one of several the EEOC filed in October against Arizona businesses charging discrimination against female employees.

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