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Preventing Potential Pregnancy and Parental Leave Pitfalls in the Workplace

April 26, 2024

Via: HR Hero

Most employers are generally aware that federal and state laws protect employees from adverse employment actions because of pregnancy, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and, potentially, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employers should also be aware of and follow the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which passed in 2023.

Employers, however, should also be conscious of how coworkers or supervisors communicate with employees who either are pregnant or may be planning to take parental leave to assist with a partner’s recent pregnancy, especially within the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ill-received, off-the-cuff comments that some employees may think they made in jest could give rise to hostile work environment claims under federal law. Also, what one person may view as humor, another may view as harassment.

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