What are the basic protections against pregnancy discrimination?

At their most basic the protections against pregnancy discrimination in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act are the following:

  1. Women affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions must be treated in the same manner as other employees or applicants that are similar in their ability or inability to work.
  2. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act applies to all aspects of employment including hiring, firing, promotions, fringe benefits, etc.
  3. The protections against pregnancy discrimination apply with respect to current pregnancy, past pregnancy and potential pregnancy.