One of the most valuable HR practices is establishing a culture of open communication and demonstrating your commitment to supporting it.

Employers continue to stumble in addressing the needs of employees who are expecting. As we have seen in recent cases brought against companies such as Nike, Verizon, Netflix and Kroger, employers are facing claims of pregnancy discrimination for failing to accommodate an employee’s needs.

From denying a request to sit more frequently while performing her job to preventing a pregnant employee an opportunity to work on a project, employers are falling short of expectations. These cases make it critical for employers to review their policies and educate their workforce to curb discrimination, whether inadvertent or not, against expecting employees.

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