Pregnancy Employment Discrimination
Whether you are four weeks or five months into your pregnancy, now is the time to consider your maternity leave. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), pregnant women have a variety of rights. The FMLA legislation, passed in 1993, guarantees unpaid job leave for up to 12 weeks. This protection only applies for pregnant women who work in companies with 50-plus employees. (There are some exceptions to this rule. Elementary and secondary school teachers are covered, no matter what, as are certain government workers.)
June 10: Pay Equity The Equal Pay Act, mandating equal pay (despite gender) for equal work, is signed into law. Women’s relative pay would increase but still doesn’t match that of men. In 2009, to further protect women from pay inequity, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.