EEOC updates guidelines on pregnancy discrimination

Offers more explicit guidance for employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has had a fairly steadfast tact when it comes to enforcement of its rules; however, on July 15, the commission made the first update to its policies in 30 years, expanding employment protection to expectant mothers. The new guidelines make it clear that the EEOC expects employers to accommodate pregnant women, and that refusing to do so is a violation of federal law. 

The new rules are the first changes the commission has made to its policies since 1983, when an update offering guidance on pregnant worker discrimination was published. The new rules will supersede the previous update and offer more explicit rules on how employers will need to accommodate workers.

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