Pennsylvania Employment Law Update — March 2019

Pittsburgh Expands Protections for Pregnant Employees

On March 12, 2019, the Pittsburgh Council passed an ordinance (2019-1426) amending and supplementing the city code by adding language prohibiting employment discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions and events (pregnancy).

The ordinance prohibits:

  • Disparate treatment of pregnant employees.
  • Policies that single out, or have a disparate impact on, pregnant employees.
  • Pregnancy-based harassment.
  • Retaliation for opposing a discriminatory act or taking adverse action based on pregnancy.
  • Failure to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee for her pregnancy.

Employers also have a duty to initiate an interactive dialogue with employees when learning of a pregnancy, when the employee is having an issue with performance or conduct at work, and the employer believes that the performance or conduct issues are related to the pregnancy.

The council has not released an effective date for the ordinance.

Read ordinance 2019-1426