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Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination: 5 tips to protect your business


As a California employer you face many challenges and workplace discrimination doesn’t have to be one of them. Even if you do not currently have pregnant employees, you should learn how to Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination so your company is prepared.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), enacted in 1978, established clear guidelines regarding the treatment of pregnant women in the workplace. In order to avoid discrimination, there are important things you should know.

Learn the Rules about Maternity Leave

If you’re not sure about the laws regarding maternity leave, visit the website for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Your human resources department can also provide this information. The best advice is to educate yourself as soon as possible.

Teach Your Staff how to Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination

Your business probably has managers, supervisors, and assistants who interact with different employees. For this reason, it’s important that everyone in your company understands how to treat one another in order to avoid accidentally discriminating against a pregnant or returning mother. Careful planning and thorough training makes all the difference.

Maintain a Friendly Environment

The workplace is only efficient when everyone feels respected and supported. Make sure that your mothers-to-be and new moms feel welcome and appreciated. Harassment is illegal in the workplace, and your company can avoid lawsuits by applying the rules to everyone in a fair and consistent way.

Treat Everyone Equally

If you’re hiring new workers or promoting from within, you must treat everyone the same. Pregnant workers are entitled to the same opportunities as everyone else, such as training programs and health and leave benefits. By applying the rules consistently, you’ll protect yourself from being accused of discrimination.

Accommodate Special Needs Whenever Possible

During a pregnancy, your employee may need to modify her schedule or duties based on a doctor’s recommendation. Try to be as flexible as possible, and you’ll not only avoid potential legal problems, but you’ll increase employee loyalty as well.

If you have other questions about how to prevent pregnancy discrimination, call 916-245-2219 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help.

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