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Pregnancy bias: New census trends heighten your risk

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If you've only semiunderstood the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) until now, it's time to brush up. Reason: The 24-year-old law is spawning its greatest number of claims yet. (See chart below.)

That trend will likely continue. Reason: Census Bureau data show that a greater number of women are working while they're pregnant and opting to return within six months or less after giving birth.

That's why it's wise to review your policies and practices that pertain to the PDA and related state laws.

Latest example: In late February, Verizon settled a major pregnancy bias class-action lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Oppor-tunity Commission (EEOC). The company will have to pay thousands of current and former employees for bias related to pregnancy or maternity leave. Final tab: In the millions of dollars, making it one of the largest EEOC settlements involving pregnancy- related bias.

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