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Can’t You Even Say the Word ‘Pregnant’ Anymore?

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Awe c’mon. An employee is obviously pregnant but you can’t even say the “p” word? Does the mere use of the adjective translate into legal liability? One court recently said “relax;” it’s OK to say a woman is pregnant. Just don’t make any employment decisions based on it or comment negatively. Still, it’s a bit tricky, as this case shows …


Case in Point: Amy Elam learned she was pregnant soon after she took a job as a senior teller at an Iowa bank. She suffered from morning sickness and had to abruptly leave her teller post between four and 11 times every morning to use the restroom.

Elam’s doctor recommended the bank excuse her from work as necessary. But the bank offered an even more generous accommodation. It told Elam she could wait until her morning sickness subsided befor coming to work each day. She said, "No thanks," and continued to arrive every morning as scheduled.

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Just Thinking Out Loud April 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

Question: Can we get into trouble for making exception(s) to benfeit/accomdate the “P” employees by offering them flex time and not to the our others employees?


Juana Valdez April 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Would you please forward information on FLSA – Approving altered time sheets (Chao v. SelfPride, No. 06-1203, 4th Cir.)

Thank you,


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