Be Careful What You Say When Discussing a Worker’s Pregnancy

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment. As this brief description of a recent court case demonstrates, supervisors and hiring managers must be especially careful about comments made regarding a worker’s pregnancy. Certain comments could lead to law suits against your library or organization. For information on pregnancy discrimination and related laws, visit the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) web site on the topic.