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Pregnancy Discrimination

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How the New Virginia Laws Impact Employees

Over the past few months, despite the overwhelming pressure placed on lawmakers and laypeople alike by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has made major strides against discrimination in the workplace. As of July 1, 2020, the Virginia Values Act has gone into effect, along with additional similar pieces of legislation, altering the Virginia Human Rights Act …

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The Harsh Realities of Pregnancy Discrimination

As astonishing as the fact may seem, women continue to suffer from pregnancy discrimination even in today’s world. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that 31,000 pregnancy discrimination charges were filed between 2011 and 2015. Even worse, this number only includes the reported cases—there are certainly other women who do not file charges or enter …

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Pregnancy Discrimination Can Still Occur Even After a Child Is Born

Even with the right to maternity leave granted by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), many women find it difficult to balance family and work, especially when they are expected to return to work soon after giving birth. While the act thankfully protects women from pregnancy-based discrimination throughout their pregnancy, it fails to explicitly require employers …

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The Washington Post Express: So You’re Pregnant. How do you Tell Your Boss?

November 15, 2017 Still, be careful about sharing your secret with any co-workers before letting your boss know. Pregnancy discrimination is still an issue women contend with, and if your boss gets wind that you’re pregnant, it can lead to some gray areas. “If you weren’t on record as having told them that you’re pregnant, …

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A Warning to Discriminatory Bosses: The Effects of Pregnancy Don’t End at Birth

A federal court just sent a warning shot to bosses: the effects of pregnancy don’t end at birth. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which covers Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, affirmed a lower court holding that failing to accommodate an employee who was breastfeeding violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The police …

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Job Applicant Wins $100,000 After Offer Rescinded Due to Pregnancy

Imagine going through the job search process. You send out dozens, if not hundreds, of applications and resumes to prospective employers. When you finally get a response, you’re rewarded with several grueling rounds of telephone and in-person interviews. Finally, you get the prize: the elusive job offer. But before you formally accept, you inquire about …

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Military Breastfeeding Policies: Can I Serve My Country While I’m Nursing an Infant?

Regardless of whether you’re a mom who’s thinking of joining the military, a servicewoman who’s thinking of becoming a mom, or anywhere in between, you may have wondered how you can blend these two wildly different roles in your life. How can you be a mom to a nursing infant while also serving your country …

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Court Concludes Employer Reasonably Accommodated Pregnant Employee

Legal news stories often highlight employers or companies doing the wrong thing when it comes to accommodating their employees’ medical conditions or pregnancies. Sometimes we get the impression that companies are always messing up by discriminating against employees or by being unreasonable. Pregnancy discrimination has increased by nearly 50% in the last 15 years, so …

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Assistant Principal Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case for $350,000

Getting demoted because you’re pregnant is bad enough. But imagine if your replacement had almost no experience and had been accused of sexual harassment? That’s just adding insult to injury. To make matters even worse, imagine that your employer then retaliated against you because you reported allegations of sexual harassment against the very person who …

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Salon: I Was a Federal Prosecutor. Here’s Why President Trump is so Wrong About Our “Archaic” Political System

May 2, 2017 In an attempt to deflect from the failures and delays of his first 100 days, President Donald Trump over the weekend called the rules governing Congress “a very, very bureaucratic system” that is “unbelievably archaic and slow-moving.” It was the latest signal from Trump that he does not respect our constitutional system of …

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