S. Amir Kohan

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (1978)

This law modified (amended) the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It defined pregnancy as protected within the definition of “sex” for the purpose of coverage under the Civil Rights Act. It also specifically said that no employer shall illegally discriminate against an
employee due to pregnancy. It defines pregnancy as a temporary disability and requires accommodation on the job if it is necessary. It guarantees the employee’s right to return to work at the same or similar job with the same pay following her pregnancy disability. For more information, see www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/pregnancy.cfm.

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