EEOC discrimination charges rise when pregnancy and race combine

by on May 21, 2009 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: HR Info Center

Raise your managers’ consciousness about an EEOC discrimination double whammy – race and pregnancy.

This lesson emerges from a new analysis of EEOC discrimination data by the National Partnership for Women and Families.


Key point from the data: EEOC discrimination claims by pregnant black, Hispanic and Asian employees have been rising much faster than the average. In the 10-year period spotlighted by the study, these EEOC discrimination charges shot up 76% for non-white women, compared with 25% for female employees generally. The EEOC reports on pregnancy bias charges, but doesn’t break them down by race.

The study went back to EEOC discrimination charge filings to establish racial patterns. The study speculates that non-white women may be filing more pregnancy discrimination charges because they tend to hold jobs where bias of different kinds is par for the course.

What are the implications for your business?

Managers need to be aware that:

  • They can’t penalize employees for a pregnancy by pay cuts, demotions or undesirable assignments
  • They must be especially careful in managing and/or disciplining minority employees who are also pregnant.


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