Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

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Wilkie, Christina. (2012, September 29). Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace Summary According to the article "Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace target of new EEOC crackdown," the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission" is focusing on the problem of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace as part of its renewed vigor in enforcing anti-discrimination laws. "During the past week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed four pregnancy discrimination related lawsuits and settled a fifth -- just weeks after the government's workplace discrimination law enforcement arm announced a plan to target employers who illegally discriminate against pregnant women" (Wilkie 2012). Discriminating against a woman because she is pregnant or may become pregnant is against the law, just as discriminating against someone because of race, religion, ethnicity, or other protected status. Description The EEOC website states: "the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment" (Pregnancy discrimination, 2012, EEOC). Pregnancy is considered a temporary disability, and as such employers must provide the employee with alternative assignments or lighter duties, disability or unpaid leave, as they
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