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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It guarantees a pregnant woman the following:

• Protection against discrimination during the hiring process.

• Protection against being fired because of a pregnancy. If she is unable to perform her normal duties because of her pregnancy, she must be treated in the same manner as any other temporarily disabled employee.

• Health insurance coverage for pregnancy and pregnancy related illness must be equal to coverage for other medical conditions. If there are limits on benefits or restrictions, such as exemption for pre-existing conditions, pregnancy related benefits can be limited or excluded in the same proportion as other medical conditions.

• Disability benefits for pregnancy related conditions must be the same as benefits for other temporarily disabled employees.

For more information about Pregnancy Discrimination check out the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If you think you have been discriminated against, contact a lawyer.

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