Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or related condition is prohibited in the workplace. Pregnant workers, or those considering becoming pregnant, should be familiar with what pregnancy discrimination is and the ways in which they are protected from it.
The basics of what pregnancy discrimination includes
Pregnancy discrimination includes treating a worker unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Discrimination based on pregnancy or a related medical condition is prohibited in any aspect of employment. This includes hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training and fringe benefits including leave and health insurance, as well as any other term or condition of employment.
Pregnancy discrimination that is prohibited can also include perceived bias such as lowered performance expectations, assigning the employee to less desirable shifts and transferring the employee to less desirable assignments or making inappropriate jokes or intrusive comments. Pregnant employees should also not have to be subjected to hostile behaviors such as social isolation, negative stereotyping and negative or rude interpersonal treatment. Pregnancy discrimination is a type of workplace discrimination that does not have to be tolerated.
Legal protections for pregnant workers
Pregnant workers are protected from pregnancy discrimination which is illegal and pregnant workers should have knowledge of that. It is also helpful for pregnant workers, or workers who are considering becoming pregnant, to be familiar with their employer’s policy related to pregnancy discrimination. Employment laws protect workers in a variety of circumstances, including pregnant employees, and is valuable information to have.