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What is the protected period in pregnancy?
For those who are not entitled to maternity leave, the protection is from the beginning of pregnancy until two weeks after the end of the pregnancy. This is called the protected period.
What type of discrimination is pregnancy?
Pregnancy discrimination is a type of employment discrimination that occurs when expectant women are fired, not hired, or otherwise discriminated against due to their pregnancy or intention to become pregnant.
What is considered pregnancy discrimination?
Pregnancy discrimination is a type of employment discrimination that occurs when expectant women are fired, not hired, or otherwise discriminated against due to their pregnancy or intention to become pregnant. The Maternity Protection Convention C 183 proclaims adequate protection for pregnancy as well.
Can you be discriminated against for being pregnant?
As long as a pregnant woman is able to perform the major functions of her job, not hiring or firing her because she is pregnant is against the law. All are forms of pregnancy discrimination, and all are illegal. Women are protected under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
How much money can you get from a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit?
The short answer to both questions is yes, as evidenced by a recent court decision involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that awarded a pregnant former employee more than $74,000 in damages.
Can pregnancy be considered a disability?
Pregnancy alone is not considered a disability for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, complications resulting from pregnancy may be impairments that the employer will need to consider and accommodate on a case-by-case basis.
Why is pregnancy and maternity a protected characteristic?
Women who are pregnant or on maternity leave have an additional level of protection in the workplace, as pregnancy and maternity is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. This means that employers are not allowed to discriminate against women because they are pregnant or on maternity leave.
What is pregnancy and maternity discrimination?
Discrimination which is against the Equality Act is unlawful. This means you can take action in the civil courts. Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is when you're treated unfairly because you're pregnant, breastfeeding or because you've recently given birth. The law says you've been treated unfavourably.
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