Attorney Jeffrey Beemer Publishes Article on Rights for Pregnant Employees

October 16, 2014
If you go to the Nashville Business Journal’s online edition, you will see an article titled “New right for pregnant employees could be coming. Is your business ready?” by Dickinson Wright Attorney Jeffrey Beemer.

In the article, Mr. Beemer discusses that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the issue of whether, and in what circumstances, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (“PDA”) requires employers to offer light-duty work to pregnant employees with work restrictions if they make light duty available to not-pregnant employees “similar in their ability or inability to work.” Currently, the PDA does not contain such a requirement.

“The majority of courts that have considered this issue, including the case currently under review, have held that if an employer’s light-duty policy treats pregnant and non-pregnant employees alike, the employer has complied with the PDA,” says Mr. Beemer in the article. He suggests that if your company does not offer light duty to pregnant employees, you should consider revising your light-duty policy now in accordance with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance to avoid potential liability.

To read Mr. Beemer’s full article in the Nashville Business Journal’s online edition, click here.
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