The Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes clear that discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by federal law. Nevertheless, charges alleging pregnancy discrimination in the workplace remain high. In July 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, issued its first comprehensive update on the subject of discrimination against pregnant workers since 1983.
For the first time in more than 30 years, the EEOC has issued a comprehensive update of its enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues. These guidelines address the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. In addition, the guidelines also discuss the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, to individuals who have pregnancy-related disabilities.
Let’s take a look at how these updated guidelines might apply to your business.