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Maternity and Pregnancy
National Summary
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) protects the pregnant employee from discriminatory actions that are based on her pregnant status. It applies to employers with 15 or more employees. In addition, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects the leave rights of pregnant employees and applies if there are 50 or more employees in the workplace. Some pregnant employees may be eligible for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Healthcare insurance and other provisions apply to the pregnant employee as they do to any other employee with a temporary disability. Some employers have also begun to extend leave rights to domestic partners who adopt children.
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