The Pregnancy Discrimination Act revised the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, a federal discrimination law. It is unlawful to discriminate under Title VII because of childbirth, pregnancy, or a related medical condition. This law covers state and local private and public employers with 15 or more employees. Pregnant women or those affected by related conditions must be handled the same as other employees or applicants with comparable limitations or abilities. Also, employers cannot force employees to use their leave during pregnancy if they can still successfully perform their job. Many states also have statutes recognizing pregnancy discrimination and breastfeeding in the workplace.
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