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No special treatment required for pregnant employees

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Pregnant employees aren’t entitled to special treatment. Employers just have to treat them the same way they do other employees.

If you don’t allow other employees to take leave or be placed in light-duty positions, then pregnant employees aren’t entitled to such privileges either.

Recent case: Rebekah Noecker worked for Reading Hospital as a licensed practical nurse until she became pregnant with twins. Her doctor placed restrictions on her working conditions. At first, the hospital found some make-work tasks for her. When those were completed and she had used up her leave, she was told to go home.

She sued, alleging that she had been discriminated against because she was pregnant.

But she couldn’t point to another employee with a temporary incapacity who got better treatment than she received. Her case was dismissed. (Noecker v. Reading Hospital, No. 5:08-CV-03553, ED PA, 2010)

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