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Pregnancy protection, employers and the law

There are a multitude of ways that an employee discrimination case can arise within a company, but pregnancy discrimination is increasingly becoming the focus of attention in America. Many argue that New York is home to one of the nation's best pregnancy protection programs. However, some employees claim that unfairness and bias regarding preganancy still thrive in the workplace.  

When an employee is starting or expanding their family, it is often the employer that must compromise scheduling and other work-related needs. The New York post recently reported on a case of pregnancy discrimination, where an educator asserted that she was fired on the basis of her pregnancy. The 15-year veteran teacher claimed her boss mocked her in the school's hallways, yet the report offered little information covering the actual harrassment on behalf of the teacher's boss. The teacher reported that once she informed her boss of her pregnancy, her boss accused her of not working as hard as usual. As a result, the teacher sued the Department of Education, as well as the city.

 

New York certainly does not deal with pregnancy protection lightly. The Official Website of the City of New York reveals that, as of May 2016, the state enforced stronger pregnancy protections in the workplace, housing and public spaces. Under the New York City Human Rights Law, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn P. Matalis updated the guidelines that define violations of pregnancy protections. Yet the updates do not ignore the needs of employers, as they also include instructions for bosses on how to properly negotiate complex accommodation scenarios without violating the law.    

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