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For the first time in more than 30 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued new federal guidelines about workplace pregnancy discrimination.
The EEOC's new guidelines follow an increase in complaints of pregnant workers being discriminated against over the last decade, reports The New York Times. The guidance also comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a workplace pregnancy-discrimination case during its upcoming term in October.
So what do current and future moms need to know about the new guidelines?
Officially known as the "EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues," the new guidelines are meant to clarify ambiguities regarding pregnant women's rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Here are some of the most important points from the new guidelines:
The EEOC's guidelines take effect immediately, although the pending Supreme Court case could potentially affect their enforcement. You can read the new guidelines in their entirety at the EEOC's website.
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