In Ohio, as elsewhere in the country, employment disputes often arise when employees believe they are being deprived of certain rights or privileges to which they are entitled. Most employers understand that it is in their own best interests to protect their employees' rights because they are what make most companies operate effectively each and every day. Unhappy employees do not perform their duties as well, which can mean lower profits or returns.
As part of its effort to protect employees from harassment, defamation and other forms of workplace discrimination, one federal agency has issued a new set of guidelines that update protections from workplace discrimination that pregnant employees are afforded under federal law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's update clearly states that any form of harassment or discrimination against pregnant women at work is illegal. Discrimination based on childbirth, pregnancy and related medical conditions are known forms of sex discrimination that are prohibited in all workplaces. The latest clarification on pregnancy discrimination should encourage employers to comply with the laws or face employment lawsuits. Pregnant workers will no longer need to fear losing their jobs just because they are pregnant.