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New EEOC guidelines expand legal protections for pregnant employees

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In issuing its first update to pregnancy discrimination guidelines in more than 30 years, the EEOC this week made it clear that employers can be required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related conditions.

The guidelines say that, under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), an employer must accommodate pregnant employees by offering work restrictions—such as light-duty work—if the employer accommodates nonpregnant employees with similar inabilities to work.

The EEOC issued the new guidance on July 14 after a 3-2 vote along partisan lines. Commissioner Victoria Lipnic opposed the decision, saying the guidance “takes the novel position that under the language of the PDA, a pregnant worker is, as a practical matter, entitled to ‘reasonable accommodations’ as that term is defined by the ADA. No federal courts of appeal have adopted this position; indeed, those which have addressed the question ...(register to read more)

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