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Pregnant Employees: Answers to Your 20 Toughest Legal Questions

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Not many years ago, pregnant women were subject to poor treatment from employers and company insurance plans as well. But the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), enacted in 1978, prohibits discrimination on the basis of “pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.” The PDA required most employers to make changes in their maternity leave, disability pay and health insurance policies.

The law obligates all employers to treat disabilities caused by pregnancy and related conditions the same as other temporary disabilities under any health, disability, insurance or sick leave plan. It also prohibits discrimination based on a woman’s ability to become pregnant, such as policies that exclude women of childbearing age from certain jobs.

A woman also cannot be denied a job or promotion merely because she is pregnant or had an abortion. She cannot be fired be...(register to read more)

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