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The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has released new guidelines for the enforcement of laws prohibiting workplace discrimination against pregnant women.
These are the first new federal guidelines on pregnancy discrimination in more than 30 years, reports The Washington Post. The document, titled "EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Related Issues," seeks to clarify the federal rules on discrimination against pregnant workers under both the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What do employers need to know about these new guidelines?
The guidelines were issued following a rising number of complaints regarding pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, as well as different interpretations of existing law by different courts, reports The Washington Post.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a pregnancy discrimination case during its October 2014 term, in part because of lower courts' differing takes on the existing law.
The EEOC's new guidelines seek to make things fairly clear, emphasizing that workplace discrimination against pregnant women is a prohibited form of sex discrimination. Here are some of the key points:
The new EEOC guidelines on pregnancy discrimination take effect immediately, and can be read online in their entirety at the EEOC's website.
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