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Since 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)—which amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—has prohibited discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions. For 45 years, however, the landmark law fell short of specifically addressing a pregnant or postpartum employee’s need for special accommodations while working.
A New Law – Introducing the PWFA
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which took effect on June 27, 2023, expands employment protections to pregnant and postpartum workers by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for “known limitations” related to pregnancy, unless the employer can demonstrate
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