In the last fiscal year, government agencies received 5, charges alleging pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. It's been illegal to discriminate against pregnant women in the workplace since the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed in Apparently, a lot of employers still don't understand that, so last week, a government agency decided to issue a reminder. For the first time in 30 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new guidance on how to interpret the PDA and other laws protecting pregnant women on the job. Here's what you need to know. Sometimes, employers try to disguise the discrimination behind good intentions. They explain they're worried about safety, for example.
Pregnancy & Human Rights in the Workplace - Policy and Best Practices
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Your Pregnancy Rights in the Workplace
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If you are pregnant, have been pregnant, or may become pregnant, and if your employer has 15 or more employees, you are protected against pregnancy-based discrimination and harassment at work under federal law. You may also have a legal right to work adjustments that will allow you to do your job without jeopardizing your health. You may also have additional rights under other laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA , state and local laws, and various medical insurance laws, not discussed here. Under the PDA, employers are not allowed to discriminate against you based on the fact that-.