Pregnant And Want A Workplace Accommodation? Forget It: ‘It’s Not Prison. You Can Quit!’

Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is the subject of my new article in Above The Law.

“One way of understanding the [Pregnancy Discrimination Act] PDA is to look to the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) — there are many similarities and intersections between the two statutes, from the intent and purpose to the accommodation requirements.  As I noted here before:

“The ADA was indeed passed to prohibit employment discrimination against people with disabilities – to address the stereotypes, assumptions, myths and fears which prevented those with medical impairments or disabilities from becoming employed.”

Unfortunately, some employers don’t understand this – especially with pregnant employees – and let their fears and myths govern.

 

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]