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December 5, 2008

HR Fact Friday: Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Increase

Filed under: Title VII — Tags: , , 1:44 pm

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that employment discrimination claims based on pregnancy have increased significantly from 1992 to 2007. Pregnancy claims increased sixty-five percent during the last fifteen years and hit a record high in 2007.

Interestingly, a large part of the increase came from filings by women of color:

Black women pregnancy claims were up 45%
Claims by Hispanic women up 135%
Claims by Asian women up by 90%
And by Native American women up 109%

Pregnancy Discrimination expands the gender-protected class by prohibiting employment discrimination against women based on pregnancy and related issues. Because the threat of pregnancy discrimination claims is an increasing risk factor today for employers, wise employers will review their policies, practices and procedures to try to minimize this risk.