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For example, it would violate Title VII for an employer to freely permit employees to use break time for personal reasons except to express breast milk.

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Finally, an employer regards a pregnant employee as having a disability if it takes a prohibited action against her e. An employer reassigns a welder who is pregnant to a job in its factory's tool room, a job that requires her to keep track of tools that are checked out for use and returned at the end of the day, and to complete paperwork for any equipment or tools that need to be repaired.

The job pays considerably less than the welding job and is considered by most employees to be "make work. The employee was not experiencing pregnancy-related complications, and her doctor said she could have continued to work as a welder.

The employer has regarded the employee as having a disability, because it took a prohibited action reassigning her to a less desirable job at less pay based on its belief that she had an impairment that was not both transitory and minor.

The employer also is liable for discrimination because there is no evidence that the employee was unable to do the essential functions of her welder position or that she would have posed a direct threat to her own or others' safety in that job.

Since the evidence indicated that the employee was able to perform her job, the employer is also liable under the PDA. A pregnant employee may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the ADA for limitations resulting from pregnancy-related conditions that constitute a disability or for limitations resulting from the interaction of the pregnancy with an underlying impairment. Jennifer had been successfully managing a neurological disability with medication for several years.

Without the medication, Jennifer experienced severe fatigue and had difficulty completing a full work day. However, the combination of medications she had been prescribed allowed her to work with rest during the breaks scheduled for all employees. When she became pregnant, her physician took her off some of these drugs due to risks they posed during pregnancy. Adequate substitutes were not available. She began to experience increased fatigue and found that rest during short breaks in the day and lunch time was insufficient.

Jennifer requested that she be allowed more frequent breaks during the day to alleviate her fatigue. Absent undue hardship, the employer would have to grant such an accommodation. Examples of reasonable accommodations that may be necessary for a disability caused by pregnancy-related impairments include, but are not limited to, the following: The manager of an organic market is given a pound lifting restriction for the latter half of her pregnancy due to pregnancy-related sciatica.

Usually when a delivery truck arrives with the daily shipment, one of the stockers unloads and takes the produce into the store. The manager may need to unload the produce from the truck if the stocker arrives late or is absent, which may occur two to three times a month. Since one of the cashiers is available to unload merchandise during the period of the manager's lifting restrictions, the employer is able to remove the marginal function of unloading merchandise from the manager's job duties.

A warehouse manager who developed pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome was advised by her physician that she should avoid working at a computer key board. She is responsible for maintaining the inventory records at the site and completing a weekly summary report.

The regional manager approved a plan whereby at the end of the week, the employee's assistants input the data required for the summary report into the computer based on the employee's dictated notes, with the employee ensuring that the entries are accurate. A clerk responsible for receiving and filing construction plans for development proposals was diagnosed with a pregnancy-related kidney condition that required that she maintain a regular intake of water throughout the work day.

She was prohibited from having any liquids at her work station due to the risk of spillage and damage to the documents. Her manager arranged for her to have a table placed just outside the file room where she could easily access water.

A postal clerk was required to stand at a counter to serve customers for most of her eight-hour shift. During her pregnancy she developed severe pelvic pain caused by relaxed joints that required her to be seated most of the time due to instability. Her manager provided her with a stool that allowed her to work comfortably at the height of the counter. An employee with depression found that her condition worsened during her pregnancy because she was taken off her regular medication.

Her physician provided documentation indicating that her symptoms could be alleviated by a counseling session each week. Since appointments for the counseling sessions were available only during the day, the employee requested that she be able to work an hour later in the afternoon to cover the time.

The manager concluded that, because the schedule change would not adversely affect the employee's ability to meet with customers and clients and that some of the employee's duties, such as sending out shipments and preparing reports, could be done later in the day, the accommodation would not be an undue hardship. An account representative at a bank was diagnosed during her pregnancy with a cervical abnormality and was ordered by her physician to remain on bed rest until she delivered the baby.

The employee has not worked at the bank long enough to qualify for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and, although she has accrued some sick leave under the employer's policy, it is insufficient to cover the period of her recommended bed rest. The company determines that it would not be an undue hardship to grant her request for sick leave beyond the terms of its unpaid sick leave policy.

An employee at a garden shop was assigned duties such as watering, pushing carts, and lifting small pots from carts to bins. Her physician placed her on lifting restrictions and provided her with documentation that she should not lift or push more than 20 pounds due to her pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, which is caused by hormonal changes to pelvic joints.

The manager approved her for a light duty position at the cash register. Although Title VII does not require an employer to provide pregnancy-related or child care leave if it provides no leave for other temporary illness or family obligations, the FMLA does require covered employers to provide such leave. Under the FMLA, an eligible employee [] may take up to 12 workweeks of leave during any month period for one or more of the following reasons:. Executive Order [] prohibits discrimination in federal employment based on an individual's status as a parent.

Title VII does not relieve employers of their obligations under state or local laws except where such laws require or permit an act that would violate Title VII. Guerra , [] the Supreme Court held that the PDA did not preempt a California law requiring employers in that state to provide up to four months of unpaid pregnancy disability leave. Cal Fed claimed the state law was inconsistent with Title VII because it required preferential treatment of female employees disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

The Court disagreed, concluding that Congress intended the PDA to be "a floor beneath which pregnancy disability benefits may not drop - not a ceiling above which they may not rise. The Court, in Guerra , stated that "[i]t is hardly conceivable that Congress would have extensively discussed only its intent not to require preferential treatment if in fact it had intended to prohibit such treatment.

Rather, the state law merely established benefits that employers were required, at a minimum, to provide pregnant workers. Employers were free, the Court stated, to give comparable benefits to other employees with disabilities, thereby treating women affected by pregnancy no better than others not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.

Legal obligations pertaining to pregnancy discrimination and related issues are set forth above. Below are suggestions for best practices that employers may adopt to reduce the chance of pregnancy-related PDA and ADA violations and to remove barriers to equal employment opportunity.

Best practices are proactive measures that may go beyond federal non-discrimination requirements or that may make it more likely that such requirements will be met. These policies may decrease complaints of unlawful discrimination and enhance employee productivity. They also may aid recruitment and retention efforts.

The terms "because of sex" or "on the basis of sex" include, but are not limited to, because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; and women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work, and nothing in section e-2 h of this title shall be interpreted to permit otherwise.

This subsection shall not require an employer to pay for health insurance benefits for abortion, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, or except where medical complications have arisen from an abortion: Provided , That nothing herein shall preclude an employer from providing abortion benefits or otherwise affect bargaining agreements in regard to abortion.

Guerra , U. Gilbert , U. Satty , U. Where We Stand 30 Years Later , available at http: See Stephen Benard et al. Stephen Benard , U. Equal Emp't Opportunity Comm'n , http: The expanded definition of "disability" under the ADA also may affect the PDA requirement that pregnant workers with limitations be treated the same as employees who are not pregnant but who are similar in their ability or inability to work by expanding the number of non-pregnant employees who could serve as comparators where disparate treatment under the PDA is alleged.

Sarasin, a manager of the House version of the PDA. LeFleur , U. Sisters of Saint Francis, Inc. Similarly, a disputed issue may arise as to whether the employer knew of a past pregnancy or one that was intended. Dillard Dep't Stores, Inc. Bank , F. Hopkins , U. Bay State Computer Group, Inc. The court in Troy found the jury was not irrational in concluding that stereotypes about pregnancy and not actual job attendance were the cause of the discharge.

See also Joan Williams, Written Testimony of Joan Williams , supra note 9 discussing examples of statements that may be evidence of stereotyping. Ass'n of Reform Zionists of Am.

Implement Workers of Am. Johnson Controls , U. Health Partners of Ohio , F. Catholic Healthcare West , F. National Computer Sys, Inc. Employment decisions based on infertility also may implicate the Americans with Disabilities Act, since infertility that is, or results from, an impairment may be found to substantially limit the major life activity of reproduction and thereby qualify as a disability.

Int'l Union, United Auto. In Krauel , the Eighth Circuit also rejected the plaintiff's argument that exclusion of benefits for infertility treatments had an unlawful disparate impact on women since the plaintiff did not provide statistical evidence showing that female plan participants were disproportionately harmed by the exclusion.

In a case decided in June , Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The Supreme Court did not reach the question whether owners of such businesses can assert that the contraceptive mandate violates their rights under the Constitution's Free Exercise Clause. On August 1, , the Health Resources and Services Administration released guidelines requiring that contraceptive services be included as women's preventive health services.

These requirements became effective for most new and renewed health plans in August The Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services issued regulations clarifying the criteria for the religious employer exemption from contraceptive coverage, accommodations with respect to the contraceptive coverage requirement for group health plans established or maintained by eligible organizations and group health insurance coverage provided in connection with such plans , and student health insurance coverage arranged by eligible organizations that are institutions of higher education.

Part 54; 29 C. Parts and ; 45 C. Parts and But see supra note The Commission disagrees with the conclusion in In re Union Pac. The court distinguished the EEOC's decision on coverage of contraception by noting that the Commission decision involved a health insurance policy that denied coverage of prescription contraception but included coverage of vasectomies and tubal ligations while the employer in Union Pacific excluded all contraception for women and men, both prescription and surgical, when used solely for contraception and not for other medical purposes.

However, the EEOC's decision was not based on the fact that the plan at issue covered vasectomies and tubal ligations. Instead, the Commission reasoned that excluding prescription contraception while providing benefits for drugs and devices used to prevent other medical conditions is a sex-based exclusion because prescription contraceptives are available only for women.

See also Union Pacific , F. Puerto Rico finding genuine issue of fact as to whether plaintiff's discharge was discriminatory where discharge occurred around one half hour after plaintiff told supervisor she needed to extend her medical leave due to pregnancy-related complications, there was no written documentation of the process used to determine which employees would be terminated, and plaintiff's position was not initially selected for elimination.

Although the plaintiff in Kucharsk i did not allege disparate impact, an argument could have been made that the restrictive medical leave policy had a disparate impact on pregnant workers. For a discussion of disparate impact, see Section I B. If the employer made exceptions to its policy for non-pregnant workers who were similar to Sherry in their ability or inability to work, denying additional leave to Sherry because she worked for the employer for less than a year would violate the PDA.

See Section I C. Additionally, if the pregnancy-related condition constitutes a disability within the meaning of the ADA, then the employer would have to make a reasonable accommodation of extending the maximum four weeks of leave, absent undue hardship, even though the employee has been working for only six months. See Section II B. Both men and women are 'affected by' medical conditions of the resulting offspring. PacifiCorp , F. Genetic information includes information about the manifestation of a disease or disorder in a family member of the applicant or employee i.

It also includes genetic tests such as amniocentesis and newborn screening tests for conditions such as Phenylketonuria PKU. The statute prohibits discriminating against an employee or applicant because of his or her child's medical condition.

Employment decisions based on high health care costs resulting from an employee's current pregnancy-related medical conditions do not violate GINA, though they may violate the ADA and the PDA. Guyton, Textbook of Med. Physiology describing physiological processes by which milk production occurs.

Houston Funding II, Ltd. Nat'l Library of Med. June 21, unpublished concluding that PDA includes no requirement that "related medical condition" be "incapacitating," and therefore medical condition resulting from caesarian section delivery was covered under PDA even if it was not incapacitating. The Commission disagrees with the decision in Wallace v. As explained in Newport News Shipbuilding Co. EEOC , U. Thus, denial of personal leave for breastfeeding discriminates on the basis of sex by limiting the availability of personal leave to women but not to men.

See also Allen v. Provided, That nothing herein shall preclude an employer from providing abortion benefits or otherwise affect bargaining agreements in regard to abortion.

Int'l , F. Puerto Rico temporal link between discharge and plaintiff's pregnancy was too far removed to establish claim where discharge occurred six months after plaintiff's parental leave ended. See also Piraino v. Avaya , F. Musashi Auto Parts, Fed. Mar, 8, , available at http: City of Boca Raton , U. Harassment may also violate Title VII if it results in a tangible employment action. To date, we are aware of no decision in which a court has found that pregnancy based harassment resulted in a tangible employment action.

Operational Technologies Services, Inc. The court in that case denied the employer's motion for summary judgment on the plaintiff's hostile environment claim. See also Dantuono v. One court found that non-pregnancy was a BFOQ for unmarried employees at an organization whose mission included pregnancy prevention. Omaha Girls Club, Inc. However, the dissent to the order denying rehearing en banc argued that the court should have conducted "a more searching examination of the facts and circumstances.

LaFleur , U. Martin Luther Home, Inc. See also 42 U. Rawlinson , U. By requiring an employer to show that a policy that has a discriminatory effect is job related and consistent with business necessity, Title VII ensures that the policy does not operate as an "artificial, arbitrary, and unnecessary barrier[]" to the employment of pregnant workers.

See Griggs , U. For a discussion of light duty, see Section I C. Union , F. For a discussion of restrictive leave policies, see Section I C. Woman's Hospital of Texas , 97 F. Burdine , U. Mary's Honor Center v. Hicks , U. Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc. Hernandez , U. Green , U. Rest Haven Christian Servs. The EEOC agrees with Germain's holding that the appropriate comparison is between pregnant women and all others similar in their ability or inability to work, and disagrees with Woodard's holding that all women or all pregnant women should be compared to all men.

That statutory language applies to disparate impact as well as to disparate treatment claims. Incorporated Village of Sag Harbor , F. The court in that case found material issues of fact precluding summary judgment.

These facts could also be analyzed as disparate treatment discrimination. Delta Air Lines, Inc. Pan American World Airways, Inc.

These decisions predated, and are inconsistent with, the Supreme Court's decision in Johnson Controls , U. Moreover, the Commission agrees with the position taken by the Federal Aviation Administration FAA that, as long as a flight attendant can perform her duties, no particular stage of pregnancy renders her unfit.

City of Albuquerque , F. Baxter Healthcare , F. Padlocker , F. Ass'n , F. Note that although Title VII does not require pregnancy-related leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act does require covered employers to provide such leave under specified circumstances.

Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas , F. The court in that case denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment. The Commission disagrees with Stout v. As noted, an employer is not required to eliminate or modify the policy if it is job related and consistent with business necessity and the plaintiff fails to present an equally effective less discriminatory alternative.

Although Title VII does not require an employer to provide child care leave if it provides no leave for other family obligations, the Family and Medical Leave Act requires covered employers to provide such leave. The application of the non-discrimination principle to infertility and contraception is discussed at Section I A.

Code contains provisions regarding insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions. Effective January 1, , insurers can no longer exclude coverage for treatments based on such conditions. Because the PDA is not retroactive, an employer is not required to adjust seniority credits for pregnancy-related medical leave that was taken prior to the effective date of the PDA April 29, , even if pregnancy-related medical leave was treated less favorably than other forms of short-term medical leave.

Hulteen , U. The term "employer" in this document refers to any entity covered by the ADA including labor organizations and employment agencies. Plaintiffs seeking to show that their pregnancy-related impairments are covered disabilities should provide specific evidence of symptoms and impairments and the manner in which they are substantially limiting.

Iowa , aff'd, F. Iowa routine pregnancy is not a disability under ADA ; Gover v. The ADA includes a functional rather than a medical definition of disability. H H daily ed. May 1, Statement of Rep. Uterine fibroids non-cancerous tumors that grow in and around the wall of the uterus may cause severe localized abdominal pain, carry an increased of risk of miscarriage, or cause preterm or breech birth and may necessitate a cesarean delivery.

Excessive swelling due to fluid retention, edema, may require rest and elevation of legs. Abnormal heart rhythms may require further monitoring. See Pregnancy , U. May 13, plaintiff's allegations that she suffered severe pelvic inflammation and immobilizing pain that necessitated workplace adjustments to reduce walking and early pregnancy-related medical leave were sufficient to allow her to amend her complaint to include an ADA claim. July 25, unpublished denying defendant's motion to dismiss where plaintiff claimed impairments related to her pregnancy included premature uterine contractions, irritation of the uterus, increased heart rate, severe morning sickness, severe pelvic bone pains, severe back pain, severe lower abdominal pain, and extreme headaches.

Several recent district court decisions that have concluded that impairments related to pregnancy are not disabilities have been based either on a lack of any facts describing how the impairment limited major life activities, or on the incorrect application of the more stringent requirements for establishing that an impairment constitutes a disability that existed prior to the effective date of the ADA Amendments Act ADAAA.

Westport Board of Education , F. June 7, without acknowledging the ADAAA, which applied at the time of plaintiff's termination, the court held that plaintiff presented no evidence to withstand summary judgment on whether her weakened back constituted the type of "severe complication" related to pregnancy required to establish a disability ; Sam-Sekur v. June 15, relying on case law pre-dating the ADAAA, the court held that "temporary impairments, pregnancies, and conditions arising from pregnancy are not typically disabilities," but allowed the pro se plaintiff to amend her complaint to allege facts concerning the duration of her chronic cholecystitis, which required removal of her gall bladder, and how the condition was linked to pregnancy.

Portillo's Hot Dogs, Inc. After an applicant is given a conditional offer, but before she starts work, an employer may make disability-related inquiries and conduct medical examinations, regardless of whether they are related to the job, as long as it does so for all entering employees in the same job category. After employment begins, an employer may make disability-related inquiries and require medical examinations only if they are job related and consistent with business necessity.

A covered entity may conduct voluntary medical examinations, including voluntary medical histories, which are part of an employee health program available to employees at that work site.

The court's decision that the employer regarded the pregnant employee as having a disability because she had complications with previous pregnancies was made under the more stringent "regarded as" standard in place prior to the ADAAA. Factors that may be considered in determining whether an accommodation would impose an undue hardship include the nature and cost of the accommodation, the overall financial resources of the facility or entity, and the type of operation of the entity.

For further discussion of light duty issues, see Section I C. Title VII also covers governmental entities. Special hours of service requirements apply to flight crew members.

The Office of Personnel Management is charged with issuing guidance pursuant to this order. Because the Affordable Care Act provides no specific effective date, the new break time law for nursing mothers was effective on the date of enactment - March 23, The Fact Sheet can be found at http: For instance, in the state of Maryland an employee with a disability contributed to or caused by pregnancy may request reasonable accommodation and the employer must explore "all possible means of providing the reasonable accommodation.

Department of Labor regulations, certain training activities outside of working hours need not be treated as compensable time.

Fundamental PDA Requirements 1 An employer [5] may not discriminate against an employee [6] on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; and 2 Women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions must be treated the same as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.

EXAMPLE 1 Knowledge of Pregnancy When Germaine learned she was pregnant, she decided not to inform management at that time because of concern that such an announcement would affect her chances of receiving a bonus at the upcoming anniversary of her employment. EXAMPLE 7 Hostile Environment Harassment Binah, a black woman from Nigeria, claims that when she was visibly pregnant with her second child, her supervisors increased her workload and shortened her deadlines so that she could not complete her assignments, ostracized her, repeatedly excluded her from meetings to which she should have been invited, reprimanded her for failing to show up for work due to snow when others were not reprimanded, and subjected her to profanity.

EXAMPLE 15 Discriminatory Parental Leave Policy In addition to providing medical leave for women with pregnancy-related conditions and for new mothers to recover from childbirth, an employer provides six additional months of paid leave for new mothers to bond with and care for their new baby. Thanks Samantha for your feedback! And congratulations to you on baby 2: R — April 11, Arrived quickly in discreet packaging bubble mailer.

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