Pregnancy Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, states that it is illegal for employers to intentionally discriminate against a pregnant employee, or to maintain a company policy which, intentionally or unintentionally, adversely affects pregnant employees. An employer also cannot discriminate on the basis of childbirth or related medical conditions, and must give the same treatment and benefits to pregnant employees as it does to other temporarily disabled employees. If a pregnant employee is temporarily unable to perform her employment duties due to her pregnancy, her employer must treat her the same as any other temporarily disabled employee, e.g., by providing modified tasks, alternative assignments, disability leave or leave without pay. Further, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining about pregnancy or gender discrimination.

Please remember that employment discrimination and harassment claims can be difficult, so it’s important that you gather all available information and evidence while still employed.