Pregnant woman From 2010 to 2018, the EEOC received on average 3,000 to 4,000 complaints of pregnancy discrimination per year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When a worker announces she’s expecting a baby, there are definitely some things her employer should do—and should not do—or else face Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges, lawsuits and bad publicity, according to XpertHR’s whitepaper, “Bumpy Road Ahead: Managing Pregnancy and Related Issues in the Workplace.”

“Making negative comments, involuntarily reassigning an employee based on health and safety concerns, refusing to hire a pregnant employee and failing to provide a reasonable pregnancy or lactation accommodation all may constitute unlawful conduct for which an employer may be held liable, the authors write. “Some employers are learning this the hard way.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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