Avoiding employment discrimination during pregnancy

Pregnant women in Missouri may face issues in the workplace due to their pregnant status. This is not okay and is against the law. Employers cannot discriminate against a person simply because of their health status. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains the law protects women in any stage of pregnancy and includes discrimination for anything relating to pregnancy, such as postpartum recuperation or pregnancy complications.

Women's rights against discrimination are provided under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Women cannot be denied a job, fired, refused promotion or have any employment terms or benefits altered simply because she is pregnant. A pregnancy must be handled as any other disability with proper accommodations being provided. Should a woman be temporarily unable to work, it is treated like a temporary disability. Health issues, complications or other problems that affect the pregnant woman's ability to work may be protected under the American's with Disabilities Act.

It is not always easy to prove that an employer's actions are the result of discrimination based on pregnancy. A woman who is pregnant should do everything she can to prevent an employer from being able to discriminate against her. According to Parents Magazine, a woman should be open and honest about being pregnant and be ready to answer any questions her boss may have to help avoid employment problems. In addition, she should maintain her work quality and avoid missing work whenever possible, so an employer cannot use failing work standards or attendance as an excuse to discriminate. Finally, she should know her rights and understand what the law says about pregnancy and employment.

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