The federal government has just issued new, expanded, guidelines concerning
pregnant workers and workplace discrimination. The new rules provide that
any workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers constitutes
illegal sex discrimination.
The guidelines were issued in response to what the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission described as persistent “overt pregnancy discrimination
as well as the emergence of more subtle discriminatory practices.”
To learn about the new guidelines or if you believe you have been subjected
to any form of pregnancy discrimination it’s important to consult
with a knowledgeable
Atlanta pregnancy discrimination lawyer.
The new guidelines detail how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
applies to pregnant works and makes it illegal to discriminate against
based on past or prospective future pregnancies.
These guidelines prohibit employers from forcing pregnant workers to take
leave and acknowledge “employers may have to provide light duty
for pregnant workers.” Additionally, breast-feeding and lactation
are now covered as pregnancy-related medical conditions. Further, “similarly
situated” men and women must be treated on the same terms concerning
Just 2 weeks ago the Supreme Court agreed to hear a pregnancy discrimination
case involving similar issues. From 1997 to 2011, pregnancy-related complaints
have increased by 46%. For more information or if you or a loved one has
been subjected any form of employment discrimination, please contact the
Georgia pregnancy discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.