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Jacquelyn Weisman

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Federal Court Decision Highlights Complexities of Laws Applicable to Pregnant Employees

As the laws governing the treatment of pregnant employees and new mothers continues to evolve, one recent decision from the United States District Court for the Northern District Alabama highlights the complexities that arise from the patchwork of federal laws that apply to employees during and after pregnancy. Facts The plaintiff in Hicks v. City … Continue Reading

EEOC Updates Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Last week, the EEOC announced an update to its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (“Enforcement Guidance”) to reflect the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Young v. UPS. As we blogged about in March, the Court in Young articulated a new standard applicable to claims brought under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), when … Continue Reading

New York City Passes Laws Enhancing Enforcement of Human Rights Law

On April 20, New York City Mayor Bill DiBlasio signed a pair of bills designed to enhance the City Human Rights Commission’s investigative and enforcement efforts in the areas of employment and housing discrimination. The first of the two new laws requires the Commission to issue annual reports on the number and types of investigations … Continue Reading

Utah Law Bars Discrimination Against Nursing Mothers

On March 23, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill that prohibits discrimination against employees who breastfeed at work. The bill modified the Utah Antidiscrimination Act to make clear that discrimination based on “pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions” also includes breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding. According to the bill’s sponsor, the measure was … Continue Reading

Virginia District Court Rules that EEOC Cannot Issue Early Right-to-Sue Notice

On February 24, 2015, the District Court for the Western District of Virginia dismissed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) prematurely issued a “right-to-sue” notice, giving the plaintiff permission to file a lawsuit in court before she was allowed to do so under the law. In Taylor v. Cardiology Clinic, … Continue Reading
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