Is it illegal to discriminate against a pregnant woman in the workplace?

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Is it illegal to discriminate against a pregnant woman in the workplace?

I recently got pregnant. First trimester is the worst trimester considering that I’m constantly throwing up every 5 minutes. I work in a small company a little less than 15 people for about 5 months now. I work with great people, I love my co-workers, and this is is my first

Asked on April 28, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, based on what you write, it is not workplace discrimination. Whether or not your job *could* be done remotely, you were evidently hired to work on site 9- 5; an employer is not required to accomodate a pregnant employee who was hired to work onsite by letting her work offsite, even just sporadically; such a change is the location of the work and how the work is done is more than wojld be considered "reasonable" since it is a fundamental change in or to the job. Therefore, they don't have to allow it. They can also discipline you for how you act at work, since that is not discrimination against you for the fact that you are pregnant--it is discipining your for your actions or demeanor at work.


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