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Your Boss Knows You Are Pregnant!
March 12, 2013

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Date March 12, 2013!!

Issue #48

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Your boss knows you are pregnant!

According to Judith Lichtman a Senior Advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families, "Despite the laudable efforts of the EEOC in recent years, discrimination against women based on pregnancy or caregiver status persists, and charges of sex discrimination and retaliation are on the rise."


With the economy still in recovery mode many employers are resorting to escalating intimidation and harassment of their workforces. As Ms. Lichtman states, pregnancy discrimination is a major problem. The (PDA) Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects women from discrimination based on "pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions."

  • Most employers must make major changes to their health insurance, disability pay and maternity leave policies.

  • Employers can't refuse to hire a pregnant woman.

  • Employers can't refuse to hire a woman whose had an abortion.

  • A woman can't be terminated because she is pregnant.

  • A woman can't be forced to take leave if she is still able to perform her job.

  • Women returning from maternity leave must be treated the same as employees returning from other disabilities.

  • Every employer must handle disabilities resulting from pregnancy the same as other disabilities covered by health, sick leave or disability plan.


The following our some important Q&A every employee should know regarding pregnancy discrimination.

Can a pregnant employee be transferred to a lesser paying position?

According to the U.S. Supreme Court the answer is NO.

Does the employer have to provide fringe benefits for abortion along with other covered medical conditions?

All fringe benefits like sick leave covering other medical conditions must cover abortions too.

Can pregnancy disability insurance benefits be applied exclusively to married employees?

The answer is NO. Unmarried female employees who become pregnant MUST be covered also.

Must pregnant employees use any vacation time before collecting disability pay or sick leave?

The employer can require that vacation benefits be used first.

Is it legal for an employer using a set amount of time to keep a female employee from returning to work after pregnancy?

NO. Your boss can't regulate when you can return after giving birth.

Does the employer's health insurance plan have to pay for the pregnancy related expenses of spouses of male employees?

If the health insurance plan covers medical expenses of spouses of female workers it has to to also cover those of male employees. This includes pregnancy.

How does pregnancy related medical expenses have to reimbursed in a specific way?

Reimbursement of pregnancy related medical expenses MUST be paid according to the reimbursement policy associated with other types of medical expenses.

Can the employer require a different deductible amount for pregnancy related conditions than other medical condition costs?

NO. The employer can't add or change pregnancy coverage either as required for inclusion or payment of pregnancy expenses when they happen.

policy associated with other types of medical expenses.

Can the employer require a different deductible amount for pregnancy related conditions than other medical condition costs?

NO. The employer can't add or change pregnancy coverage either as required for inclusion or payment of pregnancy expenses when they happen.

These are a few of the issues facing employees who are pregnant or will become pregnant. For more info on pregnancy discrimination follow this link;

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Watching your employment back till next time...

Yancey

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