Pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination. It involves treating a woman (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Federal and Washington law forbid discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment.
For example, an employer cannot refuse to hire a job applicant because she is pregnant or intends to become pregnant. Nor can an employer require that a pregnant employee take a leave of absence, move into a back office position, or work on a less competitive or challenging track because of her pregnancy, if the employee is otherwise able to perform her job. Seemingly benevolent stereotypes about pregnant women are discriminatory when they lead to differential treatment and adverse employment action against employees who are capable of performing their jobs.
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