Pregnancy can be a difficult time, but there are laws in place to protect
you while on the job. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) offers protection
for expectant workers by defining
pregnancy discrimination and laying out the rights of pregnant workers. Knowing your rights can
help you protect yourself from unfair discrimination.
Pregnant Employee Rights
An employer cannot fire an employee for becoming pregnant. Some employers may have policies in place to fire or lay off pregnant workers
due to concerns about the safety of the baby, but this is still a form
of pregnancy discrimination. All decisions about the employees’
work and their baby’s safety are the business of the employee and
An employer cannot refuse to employ a worker because they are pregnant
or may become pregnant. Passing over an eligible candidate due to their pregnancy or potential
future pregnancy is illegal, but it isn’t uncommon.
Breastfeeding employees have the right to adequate breaks and a private
place to pump breastmilk. The space does not need to be permanent or dedicated to breastfeeding employees,
but it must be private and accessible as needed. Employers also may not
lay off or fire employees for breastfeeding.
Pregnancy may entitle pregnant workers to some special accommodations. Complications or temporary impairments due to pregnancy must be treated
the same as other medical impairments.
An employer cannot force you to change jobs or take time off if you are
still capable of your current job. This included delaying promotions, preventing business trips, or reassigning
workers temporarily due to their status.
Non-medical leave must be available to all employees, regardless of gender. If the company has a policy to provide either parent with leave time to
prepare for the birth or after the birth, it must be extended to all employees,
regardless of their gender or sex.
Harassment involving your pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions
is illegal. Repeated or inappropriate remarks regarding your condition are illegal.
You cannot be fired for choosing to have an abortion or considering abortion. Your private medical business is not grounds for termination.
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