Women are now the primary bread winners in almost half of all American families with children. This is of particular significance when the bread winner becomes pregnant. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) was passed in 1978. It makes it illegal for employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against women who are or may become pregnant. Women embarking on motherhood often face unequal treatment in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin or sex. In the matter of General Electric Company v. Gilbert, the United States Supreme Court held that an employer’s practice of excluding pregnant employees from its temporary disability plan did not constitute sex discrimination in violation of Title VII. As such, the United States Congress passed the PDA, amending Title VII to clarify that pregnancy based discrimination falls within the ambit of prohibited sex discrimination.
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