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Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination has always been a large problem in the workplace and is technically covered under sex discrimination.  Under federal law, there is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and at the state level it is covered by the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA).  Under both state and federal law, pregnancy is considered a “temporary disability” and employers are to treat pregnant employees the same way as it treats any other temporarily disabled employee. For example, the employer may have to provide light duty, alternative assignments, disability leave, or unpaid leave to pregnant employees if it does so for other temporarily disabled employees.  There are other areas of pregnancy discrimination that affect women in the workplace like harassment, denied employment and promotion, maternity leave and now expressing milk in the workplace, which deals with wage & hour as well.