Laws accomodating pregnancy in the workplace

Harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive environment, or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).Discrimination against a worker with caregiving responsibilities violates Title VII if it is based on sex, and violates the ADA if it is based on a family member's disability.Amendments to the ADA made in 2008 make it much easier than it used to be to show that an impairment is a disability.A number of pregnancy-related impairments are likely to be disabilities, even though they are temporary, such as pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome, gestational diabetes, pregnancy-related sciatica, and preeclampsia.

“The law provides protections for pregnant employees, and it’s important that they know their rights.

Making accommodations may make good sense economically – it is almost always cheaper to retain good, experienced workers than to hire new ones – and it may be the decent and proper thing to do, but can you get hauled into court if you don’t?


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