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A Win for (Most) Pregnant Employees at the Supreme Court

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In a 6-3 decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a pregnant employee who brought a discrimination lawsuit against her employer for refusing to grant a pregnancy-related lifting restriction. While the case is an important victory for employees overall, in some cases, the Court’s ruling might actually make it harder for victims of pregnancy discrimination to prove their claims. The case is Young v. UPS, Case No. 12-1226.

As Cleveland pregnancy discrimination lawyers, we have seen a number of cases involving pregnant workers denied lifting restrictions by their employers, particularly in the healthcare field and factory setting. For these employees, the Court’s decision is going to have a significant impact on whether they can successfully pursue a claim. [Read more…]

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EEOC Updates Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

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For the first time since 1983, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week issued new guidelines on the subject of pregnancy discrimination in employment. In addition to addressing the protections for employees under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the guidance also addresses the rights of pregnant employees under the federal disability discrimination law, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Assuming they are accepted by the courts, the new guidelines promise increased protection against employment discrimination for Cleveland-area employees. [Read more…]

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What Employment Laws Protect New and Expecting Mothers in Ohio?

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Happy Mother’s Day. In honor of all the Cleveland moms out there, this week’s blog covers some of the common employment laws that protect working moms and pregnant employees in Ohio workplaces. [Read more…]

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Is my Job Safe if I am Not Covered by the FMLA?

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A Bill to expand coverage of the Family and Medical Leave Act was recently introduced in Congress. Currently, the FMLA protects employees only if their employers have fifty or more employees within seventy-five miles of the workplace. If it passes, the proposed Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2014 would, among other things, lower that coverage threshold to employers with twenty-five or more employees, expanding the FMLA’s protections for many employees. [Read more…]

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Pregnancy Discrimination and Lifting Restrictions in Ohio

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A fairly common fact pattern in Cleveland employment discrimination cases involves a pregnant employee being fired because of a lifting restriction. A few days ago, I posted a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas-style poem about it, which was picked up by the popular legal website Above the Law. Since I don’t have to rhyme in this blog post, it’s now a little easier to explain in more detail how the law handles pregnancy discrimination cases involving lifting restrictions. [Read more…]

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Pregnancy Discrimination Carol

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when Janie was fired.
In litigation, she soon would be mired.
The reason that was given, seemed like fabrication.
Her pregnancy, she thought, was the true motivation.

Her performance evaluations were almost without flaw.
Firing employees who are pregnant, is against Ohio law.
So Janie in her ‘kerchief, sought out an attorney.
She understood, it would be a long journey. [Read more…]

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Will the Stork Also Bring a Pink Slip: Job Protection for Pregnant Employees

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It is not uncommon for the joy of pregnancy to be offset by the fear of being fired when the boss finds out you are pregnant. It is true that pregnancy discrimination, and stereotypes about working mothers, are realities of the workplace. However, there are several Ohio and federal laws that protect pregnant women from discrimination and harassment at work. [Read more…]

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And Baby Makes Three: FMLA Rights of Mothers (and Fathers)

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In our employment law cases involving pregnancy, it’s usually the mother who has been the victim of discrimination. But mothers aren’t the only ones entitled to job protection when there is a baby on the way. Ohio and federal employment laws, in particular the Family and Medical Leave Act (the “FMLA”), protect dads in certain cases too. [Read more…]

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Pregnancy Discrimination Can Strike Any Pregnant Employee

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Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is real, and it can happen to any pregnant employee, whether she is an executive or an hourly worker. Two recent cases with common fact patterns illustrate the point. [Read more…]

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