EEOC Report: Discrimination against pregnant woment in workplace increasing

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), pregnancy discrimination has become more frequent in the U.S. over the past ten years. A new EEOC report showed over 50,000 new charges by women alleging they had been discriminated by the employer related to their pregnancies.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was enacted to protect pregnant women and new moms from discrimination in the workplace based on their pregnancy. During interviews, employers cannot ask prospective female employees if they are pregnant or if they plan to have children.  Pregnancy also cannot be a factor in hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, or benefits.

If you feel you have been a victim of workplace discrimination related to pregnancy, please contact me at (205) 382-3872 or wbeckum@beckumkittle.com for a free consultation.

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