Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Equal Treatment to Pregnant Women

Women composed nearly half of the workforce today. When they become pregnant, they have the right to apply, be hired and continue working just like any body else. In fact, about 80% of American women become mothers.

The pregnancy discrimination act was enacted to safeguard the rights of pregnant women. It amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Act prohibits employers from employing discriminatory practices against women workers because of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

However, problems continue to exist and to my surprise pregnancy discrimination comes from female dominated industries such as finance, real estate, retail services and insurance.

The law does not require employers to grant special treatment to pregnant women. It only requires that they be treated the same as that of other employees. Hence, if the employers give accommodation to non-pregnant employees, the same accommodation should also be granted to them.

Nevertheless, any favorable treatment by employers to pregnant women is not prohibited. The law only requires employers to make good their obligations under the Act.