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Understanding Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers and Employees


Pregnancy discrimination is a serious issue that affects many working women. It can take many forms, from being denied a job or promotion to being unfairly treated at work because of pregnancy. In this blog post, we will discuss what pregnancy discrimination looks like in the workplace and provide tips for employers and employees on how to prevent it.

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer treats a pregnant employee or job applicant unfairly because of their pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. This can include:

  • Refusing to hire a pregnant woman
  • Demoting or firing a pregnant employee
  • Denying a pregnant employee a promotion or pay raise
  • Treating a pregnant employee differently than other employees
  • Refusing to provide reasonable accommodations for a pregnant employee's medical needs

Tips for Employers

As an employer, it is important to understand your responsibilities under the law and take steps to prevent pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Here are some tips:

  • Train your managers and supervisors on pregnancy discrimination laws and policies.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, such as allowing them to take breaks or modify their work schedules.
  • Avoid making assumptions about a pregnant employee's ability to work or their future plans.
  • Ensure that pregnant employees are not subjected to harassment or retaliation.

Tips for Employees

If you are a pregnant employee or job applicant, there are steps you can take to protect your rights and prevent discrimination. Here are some tips:

  • Know your rights under the law and speak up if you feel you are being treated unfairly.
  • Request reasonable accommodations from your employer, such as modified work schedules or breaks.
  • Keep a record of any discriminatory actions or comments made by your employer or coworkers.
  • Seek legal advice if you believe you have been the victim of pregnancy discrimination.

Pregnancy discrimination is a serious issue that affects many working women. Employers and employees alike have a responsibility to prevent discrimination and ensure that pregnant employees are treated fairly. By following the tips outlined in this blog post, you can help create a workplace that is free from discrimination and supportive of pregnant employees.

If you are experiencing pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, contact Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP for legal advice and representation. Our experienced employment law attorneys can help you understand your rights and take action to protect them.

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