Pregnancy discrimination, in one form or another, was once fairly commonplace in the United States. Society as a whole once believed that a woman in such a “delicate” state could not possibly work until well after she had given birth. Fortunately, the myths and misconceptions about pregnancy no longer exist, at least not on a societal level; however, some employers still refuse to treat a pregnant woman the same as they treat other employees. Pregnancy discrimination is legally defined as treating a female applicant or employee unfavorably because she is pregnant, has recently given birth, or because she has a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Topics covered in this report include:
- What Is Pregnancy Discrimination?
- Federal Law
- State of Florida Law
- Maternity Leave Authorization
- How Long Can a Pregnant Woman Work?
- Temporary or Short-Term Disability
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Pregnancy Harassment
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The Role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Damages for Violations of Pregnancy Discrimination Laws