You may be wondering if the recently passed PWFA can protect you – if your employer is considered a “covered employer,” it is indeed possible that the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act extends its protections to you. However, it’s worth noting that there is a distinction between the PWFA and Title VII, which also provides a defense against pregnancy-related discrimination.
Title VII prohibits discrimination against all pregnant employees with covered employers. For example, if you believe that you were fired or demoted due to your pregnancy, you could file a lawsuit under Title VII. The PWFA is more specific in its reach and intention. The PFWA protects employers and applicants with known limitations related to:
- Related health conditions
Covered employers must grant reasonable accommodations to make the application process or daily tasks accessible for protected applicants and employees.