Pregnancy just got a little bit sweeter for New Jersey employees. Aside from having that “pregnancy glow” and the joy of knowing that you are bringing life into the world, expecting mothers now have the right to reasonable accommodation in New Jersey. A new New (yeah, Mircrosoft word, I did mean to say new twice) Jersey law reinforces the already strong New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD) and states that employers must offer reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees (as well as new mothers) and cannot discriminate against an employee for pregnancy related reasons. Go moms!
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is helping us learn a lesson on inflexible leave policies. The EEOC recently brought a suit against the Garden State’s own Princeton HealthCare System. According to the EEOC, more than a dozen employees with disabilities requested a leave accommodation and were subsequently fired, which the EEOC claims violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations unless it would cause “undue hardship” to the employer.
There is no final ruling in this case yet, but our partners at Jackson Lewis have already pointed out some important lessons from this case. Be sure to read “EEOC Continues Its Attack on ‘Inflexible’ Leave Policies” by clicking here.
For additional information on the case, read the press release from the EEOC (“EEOC Sues Princeton Healthcare System for Disability Discrimination”) by clicking here.