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How Is An Employer Expected to Accommodate A Pregnant Worker?

As we prepare for a possible post-coronavirus baby boom, it’s a good time to look at the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Some employers have carved out light duty jobs that are reserved for workers who have suffered work-related injuries.  These jobs are used to transition injured workers off of workers’ compensation benefits and back to work.  However, a new case out the Eleventh Circuit Court tells us that the employer that fails to offer these light duty jobs to pregnant employees with medical restrictions risks being liable for discrimination. (Durham v. Rural/Metro Corp. , 11th Cir., 18-14687, 4/17/20 ).

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