Well, that didn’t take long. As soon as I write an article about disability discrimination, the law changes. The EEOC issued guidance today making it clear that pregnancy discrimination is illegal. This means that employers can’t discriminate against you because you are pregnant. If they put workers with injured backs on light duty, they have to put pregnant employees on light duty too.
This is a good step towards protecting the rights of pregnant employees, and it also makes clear that temporary impairments (like those related to pregnancy) are disabilities under the ADA.