Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is unlawful sex discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The prohibitions cover refusal to hire because of pregnancy, although the person can perform the necessary functions of the job. Additionally, treatment that would be given to any other employee is required for a pregnant worker in a variety of employment-related matters, including:

  • performance expectations
  • leave
  • holding the position open
  • health insurance
  • fringe benefits, such as bonuses

These rights apply to unmarried as well as married employees who are pregnant.

I am a police officer, and I have been assigned desk duty because I am pregnant. Is this discrimination?

Yes. The potential of injury to your unborn child is not a bona fide occupational qualification.

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