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Labor: EEOC to focus on pregnancy and caregiving-based discrimination

Employers should take care to correct imbalances in treatment of caregivers

Recent comments from Jacqueline Berrien, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), could lead to heightened enforcement of discrimination related to pregnancy.

Despite the fact that the EEOC last held a meeting focused on pregnancy discrimination in 1983 and last issued enforcement guidelines regarding potential discrimination against employees with caregiving responsibilities in 2007, Berrien stated during a recent commission meeting that “pregnancy discrimination persists in the 21st century workplace, unnecessarily depriving women of the means to support their families” and “similarly, caregivers —both men and women—too often face unequal treatment on the job.

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R. Anthony Prather

R. Anthony Prather is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm's national Labor and Employment...

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