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Baby Bump to Pregnant Employee Rights: Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

In another effort to take aim at disparate treatment of women in the workforce, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act on July 27, 2017. The new law takes effect on April 1, 2018.

The Act requires Massachusetts employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable accommodations” for their pregnancies and any conditions related to their pregnancies. The new Massachusetts law expands existing protections and provides express instructions on the types of accommodations employers are required to provide.  More ›

Employer not Required to Provide Religious Accommodation; Undue Hardship Proven

In what seems to be a rather rare result these days, an employer facing religious discrimination claims actually prevailed on its undue hardship defense!

In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. JBS USA, LLC, No. 10-318 (Dist. Nebraska, October 11, 2013), though the court found that the refusal to accommodate employees' religious prayer practices constituted religious discrimination, the court found that the employer proved its affirmative defense that it could not accommodate the requests because it would cause undue hardship. More ›

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