Pregnancy Discrimination and the American Worker

  • Authors
  • Michelle D. Deardorff
  • James G. Dahl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 1-12
  3. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 13-38
  4. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 39-59
  5. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 61-80
  6. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 81-116
  7. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 117-137
  8. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 139-155
  9. Michelle D. Deardorff, James G. Dahl
    Pages 157-169
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 171-238

About this book

Introduction

This book explores how the federal courts have addressed the two primary federal statutory protections found in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and how law mediates conflict between workplace expectations and the realities of pregnancy. While pregnancy discrimination has been litigated under both, these laws establish different forms of equality. Formal equality requires equal treatment of pregnant women in the workplace, and substantive equality requires the worker's needs to be accommodated by the employer. Drawing from a unique database of 1,112 cases, Deardorff and Dahl discuss how courts have addressed pregnancy through these two different approaches to equality. The authors explore the implications for gender equality and the evolution of how pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions in employment can be addressed by employers.

Keywords

disability employment gender law pregnancy quality state treatment

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137533296
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-56974-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53329-6
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