Federal and state laws prohibit pregnancy discrimination in employment. The prohibition not only protects the pregnant employee from wrongful termination, but from discriminatory treatment in the terms and conditions of employment—such as pay, benefits, work assignments, leaves of absence and discipline.
The Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] specifies failure to provide a ‘reasonable accommodation’ as illegal discrimination. Under the ADA, a reasonable accommodation is defined as environmental employment changes designed to allow a disable worker to perform essential job functions.