How are lactating mothers protected in the workplace?

For some reason, there has been a spate of articles posted in various outlets about lactating mothers. I am not sure what the cause for this is, perhaps some employer is engaging in wrongdoing or some untrained manager has denied someone the opportunity to express breast milk. Who knows? Whatever the reason, it is a …

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A change of administration has not meant a slow-down at the EEOC

I pay attention to the press releases put out by the EEOC, in order to see what they are up to. I often use them as inspiration for blog posts. There seems to have been an uptick in lawsuits they are filing against companies. I am not sure of the reason. Perhaps it is because …

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70,000 reasons on why you don’t decide whether your pregnant worker can perform her duties

I am not sure at what point in history we decided that pregnant women are too delicate to continue to work. I am sure our nomad ancestors did not decide to stop their activities because a female was pregnant. In fact there is a study that shows that women living in settlements do worse during …

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A few notes about pregnancy discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed in 1978, yet despite the amount of time on the books employers violate it all the time. In 2014 pregnancy cases were 18.4% of all Title VII cases files. The awards in the past 5 years have been approximately $5 million. Judges and juries find pregnant women to be …

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Pregnancy does not eliminate promotion

Since 2011, according to the EEOC, they have filed over 45 lawsuits involving pregnancy discrimination and have recovered over $3.5 million as well as instituting programs and follow up on the companies involved. Being pregnant does not mean less capable As many husbands who have dealt with a pregnant wife know most pregnant women are …

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The Bottomline on Pregnancy Discrimination

If you have been paying attention to HR related news at all recently you know that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a ruling on a pregnancy discrimination case. It has been interesting reading the various interpretations that have been published by various law firms. The case The case involved a pregnant …

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What do you do when your pregnant employee is too big?

What do you do when you have a pregnant employee who has gotten to the point of being too large, in your opinion, to do her job? There are several answers to this question you just have to be sure your pick the right one. According to the EEOC one company did not. The case …

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Pregnancy discrimination: The EEOC issues new guidance

On July 14th, 2014 the EEOC issued new guidance to dealing with pregnancy under Title VII. Originally addressed under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, how to deal with pregnant women has been a big issue for employers for a long time, especially for smaller employers. According to Seyfarth Shaw this guidance ties pregnancy and …

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Pregnancy Disability Discrimination a KEY Target of EEOC

According to the EEOC’s 2012 Strategic Enforcement Plan pregnancy discrimination, particularly when it applies to discrimination on the basis of a pregnancy related disability, is a major target for investigation in 2013 and beyond. Related disability We all know that under Title VII, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, it is illegal to discriminate …

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The Business Case for Breastfeeding: A Resource for Businesses

When the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) passed in 2010 one of the things included in it was an amendment to the FLSA requiring employers to provide time and space for breastfeeding employees. I wrote about this in Boobs and Babes in the Workplace where I gave you some detail about the law. …

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