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Webinar: Accommodating Pregnancy in the Workplace

May 26, 2016 10:30 am
Laurie Silvey

Taught by attorney Katherine Manuel Register
| Ogletree Deakins

It is a near certainty that employers big and small will be faced with navigating issues
surrounding pregnant employees. Most employers have a general understanding that
discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth constitutes unlawful discrimination;
however, the interplay between applicable federal and state laws and accommodation issues frequently cause confusion. Often, employers misinterpret or misapply the laws to real life circumstances. Common mistakes usually involve an impermissible policy relating to the treatment of pregnant employees, intolerance for leave, the mishandling of requests for accommodation or breastfeeding in the workplace, or improper communications by supervisors or management.

Employers must fully understand the scope of the applicable laws in order to avoid the major pitfalls that recurrently result in pregnancy-related litigation. This is particularly true in light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the recent amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act and the adoption of rules interpreting the pregnancy discrimination and accommodation amendments to the IHRA.

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