Pregnancy Discrimination

Definition - What does Pregnancy Discrimination mean?

Pregnancy discrimination is the unlawful act of treating a woman unfairly due to being pregnant, or because she has a pregnancy-related medical condition.

In the context of the law, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids employers from actions such as firing employees due to being pregnant. This includes federal and state organizations, as well as private employers.

Justipedia explains Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination is one of many different types of discrimination that frequently occurs, yet it is forbidden in the workplace.

If a woman believes that she has been treated unfairly, or has been wrongfully terminated by her employer due to being pregnant, then she can sue the company. However, companies with fewer than 15 employees may not be subject to the same restrictions as larger companies.

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