Pregnancy Discrimination Act: The EEOC’S New Guidelines

In July, the EEOC released new Enforcement Guidance on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”).  The new guidance is 60 pages long and attempts to summarize the changes in the law that have taken place in the 30 years since the PDA was enacted.  One of the major issues that the Guidance addresses is similar to an issue that will be before the Supreme Court in its 2014-2015 term.  The Court has agreed to hear a case, Young v. UPS, that arises out of an employer’s decisions regarding a pregnant employee who was unable to perform the essential functions of her position.  The new enforcement guidance specifically covers the issue pending before the Court:  whether a pregnant employee is entitled to light duty if her employer would grant a light duty assignment to other workers who are subject to the same work restrictions.

This is only one of the significant issues addressed by the new Guidance.  Join attorneys from Skoler Abbott at a Breakfast Briefing that will review employer compliance with the PDA.  This Breakfast Briefing will cover the following key topics, among others:

  • The intersection between the PDA and Massachusetts anti-discrimination law
  • When an employer may need to grant light duty requests from pregnant workers
  • Application of attendance policies to absences of pregnant workers
  • Leaves of absence obligations:  FMLA, MMLA, and ADA
  • Avoiding charges of discrimination based on reproductive risk, intention to become pregnant, infertility treatments, use of contraception, and other medical conditions related to pregnancy

Presented by Susan G. Fentin, Esq.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Sheraton Springfield
Boland Way
Springfield, MA  01144

Cost:  $25.00 (Please make check payable to:  Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.)

8:00 am – 8:30 am          Continental Breakfast/Registration

8:30 am – 10:00 am        Program/Questions

To register for the Breakfast Briefing, please contact

Jamie Martin, Office Administrator:
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Fax: #                        (413) 787-1941

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