EEOC's New Pregnancy Accommodations Mandate: What Employers Need to Know
An EEAC Web Workshop Recording
On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published revised enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination issues under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Among other things – and perhaps most significantly – the updated enforcement guidance takes the controversial position that employers have an affirmative duty to accommodate certain non-disabling, pregnancy-related conditions.
Although the EEOC’s new policy stance on pregnancy accommodations is unsupported by Title VII – which does not contain (and never has included) such an explicit requirement – and despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide that very question next Term, the revised guidance invariably will influence EEOC investigative, conciliation and litigation efforts, at least in the short term. This EEAC web workshop, facilitated by Rae T. Vann, Vice President and General Counsel, will review and analyze the potentially significant practical implications of the EEOC’s new pregnancy accommodations mandate and offer tips for avoiding agency scrutiny and maximizing Title VII compliance.