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What is Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace?

Surprisingly, many pregnant woman do not know their rights in the workplace. If you are pregnant, make sure you know your rights and how to avoid pregnancy discrimination.

What is pregnancy discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination is the act of treating a woman (applicant and employee) unfavorable, because she is pregnant, due to childbirth or other medical conditions related to pregnancy. To prevent this, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act is in place, which forbids discrimination based on pregnancy during any aspect of employment. This includes hiring, firing, job assignments, promotions and layoffs. If you feel that you are not getting treated fairly due to being pregnant or unsure of all of your rights, always speak with an attorney.

Pregnancy in the workplace

If you are pregnant and unable to perform certain job duties due to your medical condition related to pregnancy, your employer must still treat you the same way. Usually an employer must provide light duty, alternative assignments or even disability leave. This also includes impairments resulting from pregnancy.

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a United States law that requires employers to provide their employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons, including pregnancy. If you have been employed with the same company for over one year, you are qualified for time off for up to 12 weeks during pregnancy and after childbirth. Under the FMLA, the time off is unpaid, but if you have been able to rack up paid time off, then you can apply that.

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