Pregnancy Discrimination Act for Managers

Pregnancy Discrimination Act for Managers

Updated Apr 29, 2020

It's estimated that 75% of working women will become pregnant at some point during their careers. As a manager, it's imperative that you understand and comply with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, is a federal law that was passed in 1978 to help end discrimination because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. This act states that it's illegal to treat women differently than other applicants or employees based on their pregnancy-related condition. Even though the act was passed more than 30 years ago, discrimination because of pregnancy is still a big problem in the United States. In fact, in 2016, the EEOC received 3,486 charges of pregnancy discrimination with monetary rewards of $15.5 million. Let's talk about your responsibilities under PDA as an employer.