$1.5 Million Breast Feeding Discrimination Verdict

A recent lawsuit has ordered a Kentucky Fried Franchisee to pay $1.5 million in damages in a breast-feeding discrimination case. Pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are prohibited from firing, harassing or retaliating against workers for breast feeding or pumping at work. Additionally, the Fair Labor Standards Act provides…

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Walmart Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

Walmart is facing new charges of employment discrimination. A recently filed pregnancy discrimination suit alleges that the retail giant has unlawfully discriminated against workers for years. Federal law prohibits pregnancy discrimination in a couple of ways. First, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. Employers…

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Pregnancy Discrimination Widespread in Corporate America

A new study concludes that many women’s careers have suffered as the result of “pregnancy discrimination.” The study evaluated women at large corporations across the United States, and looked at data compiled over the last 20 years. The statistics showed that a definite bias exists against pregnant women both while pregnant and as working mothers.…

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What constitutes pregnancy discrimination?

A Georgia woman is suing a Peach Tree City corporation for alleged pregnancy discrimination. According to the complaint, the company fired her rather than making an effort to accommodate her pregnancy related restrictions. The woman was instructed by her supervisor to perform a physical task that conflicted with medical restrictions set by her doctor. She…

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Knowing Your Workplace Rights If You’re Pregnant

In 1978, Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which made it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee if she became pregnant. This means that employees cannot use terminations, wage or hour cuts, medical leave denials, and more to penalize a woman just because of her pregnancy. And yet, in 2013, more than 5,000…

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Pregnancy discrimination case filed against Grocery Store

Legal news reports a California woman filing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against a large retail chain. The lawsuit stems from her employer’s reaction upon learning about her pregnancy. When the woman was approximately five months pregnant, she provided a note from her physician stating that she should not lift more than 10 pounds. Within an…

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Supreme Court To Rule On Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral argument on a case that has to potential to profoundly affect working women. The case, Young v. UPS, involves pregnancy-related workplace discrimination. According to this significant lawsuit, a part-time UPS worker, Peggy Young, became pregnant with her third child while working as a driver at UPS’s Maryland facility. Yong’s doctor…

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New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines Issued

The federal government has just issued new, expanded, guidelines concerning pregnant workers and workplace discrimination. The new rules provide that any workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers constitutes illegal sex discrimination. The guidelines were issued in response to what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission described as persistent “overt pregnancy discrimination as well as the…

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Supreme Court to Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court has just decided to hear argument concerning an significant question affecting many women across the nation: under what circumstances should an employer be required to provide “reasonable accommodations” to a pregnant employee? Generally, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) set forth that employers…

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