Pregnancy Discrimination Cases

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While pregnant women are not entitled to more favorable treatment than other employees, they are required to be treated like other temporarily disabled workers.

Title VII and corresponding Ohio law also prohibit employers from taking adverse employment action against pregnant women. In addition, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) amended Title VII to make it illegal for employers (1) to refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant; (2) to fire a woman because she is pregnant; (3) to force a pregnant employee to take maternity leave if she is willing and able to work; or (4) to stop the accrual of seniority for an employee who has taken a leave of absence to give birth or have an abortion, unless seniority does not accumulate for other disabled employees during a leave of absence.

If an employer takes adverse employment action against an employee based on her pregnancy—rather than the merits of her work—the employer may be liable for pregnancy discrimination.


If you have been subjected to an adverse employment action or wrongful termination based on your pregnancy, contact our office for a consultation to discuss your rights.