On June 14, 2016, the inaugural United State of Women Summit (the “Summit”) convened by the White House was held in Washington, DC. More than 5,000 women, including experts and leaders who work both domestically and internationally, gathered for the two-day summit, which focused on six topics: economic empowerment; health and wellness; educational opportunity; violence against women; entrepreneurship and innovation; and leadership and civic engagement.
In connection with the Summit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released three resource documents, which discuss equal pay rights and rights of pregnant employees under federal law, as follows:
- “What You Should Know: Equal Pay and the EEOC’s Proposal to Collect Pay Data” – explains the EEOC’s proposal to collect pay data, employee rights to equal pay under federal law, and what workers should do if they think they are not being paid fairly.
- “Legal Rights for Pregnant Workers under Federal Law” – discusses the protections available under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for women who are pregnant, have been pregnant or may become pregnant, and whose employer has 15 or more employees, including prohibitions against termination from employment because of pregnancy and against harassment based on pregnancy or a pregnancy-related medical condition, and possible job accommodations for pregnancy-related work restrictions.
- “Helping Patients Deal with Pregnancy-Related Limitations and Restrictions at Work” – explains to health-care providers how they can assist a pregnant patient, whose pregnancy begins to interfere with her work and whose employer has 15 or more employees, to obtain work adjustments that allow her to remain employed without jeopardizing her health, under the PDA and ADA.
All three documents are posted on the EEOC’s website, https://www.eeoc.gov . Please call one of the attorneys from Mirick O’Connell’s Labor and Employment Group if you have questions about any of these items.