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Changes could be coming to Florida discrimination laws

Becoming pregnant can be a time of ups and downs for any woman as they may be heading into unknown territory. One aspect they should not have to worry about, however, is whether they will face discrimination in the workplace due to their pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women have faced such situations, but changes could potentially be ahead in some states.

The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that women are protected from workplace discrimination due to pregnancy under the Florida Civil Rights Act. However, some parties believe that the protection needs to be taken further and written explicitly into law. There have been some past issues of whether pregnancy is covered under discrimination laws.

A Florida woman who was the subject of the Supreme Court case claimed that she was not allowed to continue her work once she came back from maternity leave and that her work before her leave was highly criticized. Two lower courts reportedly ruled in favor of the woman's employer. Due to the more recent ruling from the higher court in favor of the woman, a bill that would make pregnancy discrimination illegal could make some headway.

Facing any type of discrimination in the workplace can be difficult to handle, but it could be even more so when it stems from an event that is typically seen as joyous for many individuals. As this situation could potentially lead to a change in Florida laws concerning discrimination, concerned parties may wish to stay updated to determine whether these laws could affect their circumstances. Similarly, individuals who believe they may have been discriminated against at work due to pregnancy may wish to look into their legal options to determine whether pursuing a case could be right for them.

Source:, "With Recent Pregnancy Discrimination Ruling, Will Fla. Legislature Take Next Step?", Sascha Cordner, April 18, 2014

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