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Pregnant Workers Get More Protection Under New U.S. Guidelines

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July 16, 2014 -- New guidelines to protect pregnant employees from workplace discrimination have been issued by the U.S. government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The first updated guidelines in 30 years say that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant employees is illegal, the Associated Press reported.

"Discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is a prohibited form of sex discrimination," the guidelines state.

"Despite much progress, we continue to see a significant number of charges alleging pregnancy discrimination, and our investigations have revealed the persistence of overt pregnancy discrimination, as well as the emergence of more subtle discriminatory practices," EEOC Chairwoman Jacqueline Berrien said in a statement, the AP reported.

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