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Pregnant Employees: Answers to 7 Questions on Hiring and Employment Status

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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. The law has important implications for how employers treat pregnant women during the hiring process and after, once they become employees.

The EEOC has published a series of questions and answers that clear up most of the law’s ambiguities. Court decisions have provided answers as well. Here are answers to some of the most common questions...(register to read more)

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