not hired or fired for being pregnant

Assuming all candidates for a job are equal in ability, can an employer refuse to hire someone who is pregnant?

Can an employee who is pregnant be fired from her job, assuming no other issues are involved?

1 answer  |  asked Nov 6, 2002 12:57 PM [EST]  |  applies to Minnesota

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Bill Egan
Pregnancy Discrimination

No. But if all candidates are truly equal, proof that the reason for the no-hire decision of the pregnant applicant must exist.

Yes. An employer has the right to terminate a pregannt employee for any reason, as long as it was not because of her pregnancy, or any other protected class reason. Pregnancy does not give an employee job security. It is only illegal to fire the pregnant employee if the reason was due to the pregnancy.

posted by Bill Egan  |  Nov 7, 2002 08:52 AM [EST]

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