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EEOC Issues Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Magazine article HRMagazine

EEOC Issues Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

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In its first major update to guidance on pregnancy discrimination since 1983, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently added provisions to explain when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act might require reasonable accommodations for workers with pregnancy-related disabilities or work restrictions.

As part of its reasonable accommodations, the EEOC suggests that employers consider redistributing marginal or nonessential functions (such as lifting) that a pregnant worker cannot perform, adjusting their policies to allow more-frequent breaks for pregnant workers, purchasing or modifying equipment, temporarily reassigning an employee to a lightduty position, or making other adjustments.

Among the EEOC's best practices:

* Have a process in place for quickly considering reasonable accommodation requests made by employees with pregnancy-related disabilities. …

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