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Pregnancy Discrimination

Author: Renee C. Mattei Myers, Eckert Seamans

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee or applicant on the basis of pregnancy in all aspects of employment. This includes: hiring, termination, pay, promotions, benefits, job assignments or any other aspect of employment. Pregnant women and new mothers may also be entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, while working mothers who breastfeed now have rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As well as the Affordable Care Act. In 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released updated enforcement guidance further clarifying the rights of pregnant employees in the workplace.