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Sports Bar Pays $24K for Firing Pregnant Bartender Over Uniform Dispute

In an article published by HR Dive, Randy Gepp was quoted regarding the laws surrounding pregnant employees and their employers. HR Dive’s article discussed a pregnant bartender being fired by a Texas restaurant after she stopped wearing her uniform. The restaurant was found in violation of pregnancy discrimination. According to Mr. Gepp, “…while [the PDA] doesn’t require accommodations itself, if an employer provides light duty or similar to employees on workers’ comp or with cancer, for example, the employer would have to provide similar accommodations to a pregnant employee.”

Employers must treat pregnant women “the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work,” the PDA says

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