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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Pregnancy Discrimination

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The laws enforced by EEOC prohibit an employer from treating women differently, or less favorably, because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Employers must treat women temporarily unable to perform their jobs due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition the same as any other temporarily disabled employees.

The laws enforced by EEOC also protect you from being harassed at work by managers, co-workers, or others in your workplace, because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.

Finally, the laws enforced by EEOC protect you from being punished or harassed at work because you or someone you closely associate with (for example, a relative or close friend) complains about pregnancy discrimination. We call this your right to be protected from retaliation.

If you would like more information after reading the frequently asked questions, see the EEOC's Pregnancy Discrimination page.