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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues. This guidance is an update to previous guidance that EEOC released regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) enacted by Congress in 1978. The PDA provides protection from discrimination against an employee on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, past pregnancy and woman's ability to be pregnant in the future, and inequalities in parental leave.
The Enforcement Guidance incorporates developments in the law that has occurred since PDA was created. It also sets out the requirements employers should follow in line with the PDA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008, as it relates to individuals with pregnancy-related disabilities.