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Pregnancy Discrimination Act

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Discriminating against a woman because she's pregnant is a mistake employers can't afford to make. In 2014, the EEOC received 3,400 pregnancy discrimination complaints, resulting in damages of $14.4 million. That figure doesn’t even include the cases that made it to court.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 prohibits discrimination on the basis of “pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.” Employers can’t deny a woman a job or a promotion merely because she’s pregnant or has had an abortion. Nor can you fire her because of her condition or force her to go on leave as long as she’s physically capable of performing her job.

In short, the law requires that pregnant employees be treated the same as other employees on the basis of their ability or inability to work. That means you must provide the same accommodations for an expectant worker that you do for any employees unable to perform their regular du...(register to read more)

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