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New Enforcement Guidelines to Combat Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidelines on pregnancy discrimination for the first time since 1983. These rules are a clarification of previous guidelines, resulting from an increase in discrimination complaints over the past decade.

The new guidelines stress that employers cannot discriminate against workers because of past, present or future pregnancies. This means that employers cannot fire, refuse to hire, demote or take any other adverse action if pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition is “a motivating factor.” This includes any medical conditions related to pregnancy, such as back pain or gestational diabetes. These guidelines also protect women who have stated their intention to become pregnant in the future.

Read the full guidelines on the EEOC website or a summary in this NYTimes article

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