The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously voted to pass “An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” (“MPWFA”) in an effort to make sure that pregnant and nursing employees receive the same protections under Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 151B as do other protected classes of employees. The bill, which had previously unanimously passed in the … Continue Reading
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
Following a national trend, Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation amending and expanding the protections under the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) for pregnant applicants and employees, requiring reasonable accommodation of pregnancy, not just pregnancy disability. The amendment, which takes effect January 1, 2015, applies to all employers with at least one employee. Examples of … Continue Reading
Proskauer recently issued a client alert on the release of the new pregnancy and employment rights notice in English. Now available on the New York City Commission on Human Rights Web site are foreign language versions of the new notice in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. For information on the time and … Continue Reading
The Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”) prohibits discrimination in employment based on many protected categories but pregnancy is not expressly listed as one of them. There has been a split in the Florida District Courts of Appeal as to whether pregnancy is covered under the FCRA. To resolve the split, the Florida Supreme Court heard … Continue Reading
Earlier this month, Proskauer issued a client alert on the latest amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law, which expands the protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. For more on the new law, see our prior client alert New York City Expressly Requires Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Employees, Adds Notice Obligations. One of … Continue Reading
On October 2, 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Int. No. 974-2012A to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) by expanding protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. Read this alert to learn more about the amendment, which takes effect on January 30, 2014. Read the full text of this alert.… Continue Reading
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