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What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Employment law reports that a long-time experienced worker has brought a pregnancy discrimination claim against the internet search giant Google. According to reports, she asserted that she faced discriminatory comments concerning pregnant women, and after complaining, she was retaliated against. She received poor performance reviews and was not given a promotion she deserved, according to allegations.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines pregnancy discrimination as treating a woman (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Further, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), prohibits 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.

In addition to the PDA, other federal discrimination laws may provide protections for pregnant women, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which protects against discrimination on the basis of sex, the ADA/ADAAA which requires an employer to make reasonable accommodations for qualified workers, and FMLA which allows for time off to care for the birth or adoption of a child.

The pregnancy discrimination case against Google is on-going. If you believe you have faced any type of workplace discrimination, including pregnancy discrimination, please contact the dedicated Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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