EEOC to meet today to discuss pregnancy discrimination

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting on the subject of pregnancy discrimination and caregiver issues at 9:30 a.m. today in Washington, DC. If you are in the area, feel free to stop by. The meeting is open to the public.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99j0zLuNhi8

According to this press release, the Commission will examine “recent trends in discrimination against pregnant workers and workers with caregiving responsibilities, examining these two forms of discrimination as a continuum.”

The timing of this meeting couldn’t be better. The blogosphere has been abuzz about this recent decision in which a federal judge reasoned that lactation “is not pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition” and, therefore, is not pregnancy-related. Consequently, “firing someone because of lactation or breast-pumping is not sex discrimination.”

Methinks that may get discussed. I’ll have a follow-up post on the meeting after it concludes.

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