Yes, pregnancy discrimination at work is still a huge problem


Hmm. Do I have to make an accommodation for a pregnant worker or not?

Employers, it seems, have been asking that seemingly no-duh question way too often and have had too hard a time answering it of late. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sought to clear up any confusion on Monday when it released updated guidance on how companies are expected to treat their pregnant employees based on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Monday’s announcement is the first time the agency has addressed the issue in a comprehensive way since 1983.

Believe it or not, too many employers are still refusing to comply with pregnant workers’ requests for temporary accommodations at work based on medical needs, says Emily Martin, vice president and general counsel of the National Women’s Law Center. “It still is the case that too many people think that pregnancy and motherhood are…

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