Discrimination is an act that no Florida worker should be on the receiving end of. However, employment discrimination occurs to many people all too often. Many people are discriminated against based on race, religion and several other factors. Recent reports are showing that even pregnant women have been the focus of discrimination in the workplace.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, or ADAAA, were intended to prevent pregnant workers from being discriminated against due to pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions. There seems to be some ambiguity in the laws that may need further clarification. Two complaints recently filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may help provide better definitions concerning these areas of employment discrimination. One complaint was filed by a hospital worker in Florida, and the other was filed by a UPS driver.
Discrimination in the workplace can affect employees on the basis of factors such as race, religion and gender. Women who are pregnant may also face workplace discrimination when employers assume they will be spending less time at work. A state bill dealing with employment discrimination will interest readers in Broward County.
Unfortunately, if you are being discriminated against at work you may also be battling discrimination in other areas of your life. We frequently write about workplace discrimination scenarios that could only happen at work, such as failure to promote due to gender discrimination. However, many Americans struggle with discrimination on multiple fronts. It is important to know that you are protected by law against discrimination in a myriad of contexts.
We have previously written that high-profile employment lawsuits inspire much public dialogue about office politics as well as help employees better understand their own rights in the workplace. One such lawsuit will certainly get the public's attention, as it is associated with one of the country's richest and most respected women.
Prior to the passing of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, women could be fired for becoming pregnant. Discrimination laws have come a long way since then, but as some women discover, it can still be difficult to receive equal treatment in the workplace.
When discrimination and harassment occur in the workplace, this behavior can be blatantly obvious, it can exist fairly silently and play out in subtle ways or it can be somewhere in between these two opposites. While pregnancy discrimination often happens in obvious ways, recent research published in the Harvard Business Review indicates that the more silent and subtle forms of pregnancy discrimination also happen quite frequently.
When a woman becomes pregnant, various federal and state laws protect her from being unjustly treated in the workplace. However, the definition of what pregnancy discrimination is legally is fairly nuanced. Though the law extends relatively broad protections to all women, there are many circumstances in which women's work status can be affected by their pregnancies in ways that do not break the law.
Employers choose to discriminate against pregnant women for a variety of reasons. They may be misinformed about what job duties pregnant women are and are not capable of; they may fear that pregnant workers will not return from leave fully committed to the job or they may be concerned about the image that a pregnant employee projects.
It has been many decades since "I Love Lucy" broke barriers by allowing Lucille Ball's pregnancy to be shown on television. Since that time, Americans have come to understand that while pregnancy often requires certain employment accommodations, whether the expectant mother works on a television show, in a restaurant or as an executive at a Fortune 500 company, it does not justify treatment characterized as pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.