Pregnancy Discrimination in Federal Workplaces

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The PDA makes it illegal for employers to discriminate women who are pregnant or impacted by conditions that are related to pregnancy.

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What do laws against pregnancy discrimination prevent?

Pregnant women are to be treated similarly to any other employees with the same work related abilities and inabilities. Any employment related act, from hiring, to promotions, to pay and layoffs, must not be made based on an employee’s pregnancy.

Pregnancy related medical conditions are to be treated the same way as other medical conditions. Thus if an employer’s policy requires information from a doctor in order to approve a sick leave for non-pregnancy related conditions, the same requirement can be made in regards to pregnancy related conditions.

Employers must allow pregnant employees to work as long as the employee is able to do so. If an employer offers temporary disability for medical conditions, then they must afford the same benefit to pregnancy related temporary disabilities.

Employers might need to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee who is pregnant, so long as the accommodation is not so expensive or difficult that it creates an undue hardship on the employer.

Harassment of an employee on account of her pregnancy is illegal if it creates a hostile work environment.

Am I entitled to time off after child birth?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) states that employees who have worked with their employer for 12 months or more are entitled to 12 weeks of leave. The FMLA does not require the leave to be paid, but the employer must allow the employee to keep their insurance, and cannot penalize them by demoting the employee, decreasing her pay, or any other action.

Am I entitled to health insurance coverage for pregnancy?

Employer provided health insurance plans must include coverage for pregnancy related medical conditions. Pregnancy related conditions must be treated in the same way as non-pregnancy related conditions.

I believe I was discriminated against because of my pregnancy, what should I do?

If you believe your employer is discriminating against you because of your pregnancy, you should contact an attorney to pursue a remedy such as back pay, compensatory damages, reinstatement or promotion.

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