“An Employer’s Compliance Guide to Pregnancy Accommodation,” HR Dive
In an article posted on Oct. 2, 2018, in HR Dive, Anandhi Rajan provided insight on anti-discriminatory regulations for pregnant employees. The article addresses a settlement by a Denver-based law firm in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Rajan’s insight from a previous article provided key context on lessons related to this type of case. In the Denver case, the EEOC suit alleged that a new employee was fired for not revealing her pregnancy during her interview, which the commission characterized as unlawful and discriminatory. The article notes the importance for organizations to train supervisors on pregnancy protection rules and anti-discriminatory regulations across protected classes. Rajan provides some clarity on the matter, noting that pregnancy does not protect an employee from adverse employment actions based on nondiscriminatory factors. Discipline and layoffs may proceed as usual, as long as the action is not based on the employee’s pregnancy.
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