Work & Family Policy Database
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
Subject: Pregnant Disability Leave, Other
Statute/Code Cite: U.S.C. Sec. 2000e(k)
Summary: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act amended federal antidiscrimination law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. According to the law, workers cannot be fired, denied a promotion, demoted or forced to stop working because they are or might become pregnant, and employers cannot refuse to hire someone because they are or may become pregnant. The law requires employers to treat a pregnant woman the same as any other employee who becomes sick or temporarily disabled, but does not impose an affirmative requirement that any particular leave or insurance benefits be provided to any employee.
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