REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR PREGNANT EMPLOYEE

Pregnant worker was denied light duty as an accommodation was able to pursue a Pregnancy Discrimination Act claim.

Often employers will discharge a pregnant employee based on her inability to do strenuous manual work such as heavy lifting even when other work is available.  In some circumstances, such a decision can form the basis of a pregnancy discrimination claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

A recent federal pregnancy discrimination case out of Illinois (Babak v. Bright Star Ambulance, Inc., (ND Illinois, 16-cv-10397) Feb. 2019), the court allowed a pregnancy EMT worker to