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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

from U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, the first comprehensive guidance update since 1983. (The related issues include application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to individuals with pregnancy-related disabilities.) The new publication is accompanied by Fact Sheet for Small Businesses and a separate Q&A sheet. According to EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien, "[W]e continue to see a significant number of charges alleging pregnancy discrimination, and our investigations have revealed the persistence of overt pregnancy discrimination, as well as the emergence of more subtle discriminatory practices.” more


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