Legal news reports that a California woman has filed a
pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against a large retail chain. The claim arose out of her employers’
reaction to her informing them of her pregnancy. According to the lawsuit,
when the woman was roughly 5 months pregnant she brought in a note from
her physician stating that she should not life more than 10 pounds.
Within an hour of this conversation, the woman was told she would have
to take unpaid leave. She was informed that even though she had a doctor’s
note, the store did not accommodate pregnant people. She has since filed
a pregnancy discrimination case asserting that it is unlawful to refuse
to accommodate pregnant workers while making reasonable accommodations
for workers who are injured on the job.
Currently, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination on
the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. Although
this doesn’t mean that pregnant women are entitled to special treatment,
it does mean that pregnant women must be treated equally to non-pregnant
individuals. For example, if your company gives extra leaves of absence
to employees with medical conditions, they must extend this practice to
Further, recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument concerning “pregnancy
Young v. United Parcel Service, and whether absent similar accommodations for injured workers, employers
must take reasonable steps to accommodate pregnant women, such as with
reduced lifting requirements and allowing more frequent bathroom breaks.
The Supreme Court has not yet issued its opinion.
For more information or if you believe that you may have been discriminated
against as the result of being pregnant, please contact the experienced
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.