There is an increased awareness of discrimination based on race, religion, gender and even sexual orientation in the workplace – but a decided lack of knowledge when it comes to pregnancy.
Bottom line: You cannot demote, terminate or change a job based solely on the fact that an employee is pregnant. Even treating someone ‘differently’ is cause for action. And ‘constructive discharge’ (where an employee feels so oppressed she feels forced to quit) can be even worse.
Before making any employment decisions on an employee who’s pregnant – get in touch with your human resources consultant or labor lawyer and think it through with the professionals.
(And remember, you cannot discriminate against a job applicant who’s pregnant, either.