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Arizona Expands Employment Discrimination Laws to Prohibit Pregnancy Discrimination

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a bill that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on pregnancy or childbirth.

Amending the Arizona Civil Rights Act, the bill (House Bill 2045) defines discrimination “because of sex” and “on the basis of sex” to include discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The Arizona Civil Rights Act applies to employers who employ 15 or more employees, with the exception of sex harassment claims, which are viable against an employer with even one employee.

The Arizona Civil Rights Act amendment requires covered employers to treat women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions the same for all employment-related purposes as non-pregnant employees with similar limitations in their ability to work.

The amendment will likely have minimal impact on Arizona employers because this requirement aligns with federal law under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, which already apply to most Arizona employers covered by the Arizona Civil Rights Act.

The amendment to the Arizona Civil Rights Act is expected to take effect on or about July 19, 2021.

 

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 50
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About this Author

Stephanie Cerasano, Jackson Lewis Law Firm, Litigation Attorney
Principal

Stephanie M. Cerasano is a Principal and Litigation Manager in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has over 15 years of experience practicing exclusively in the area of employment law.

A significant portion of her practice involves advising businesses in their day-to-day employment decisions. She also represents employers in federal and state court, as well as before administrative agencies, with particular focus in the areas of disability discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and wage and...

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Monica M. Ryden, Employment Law Litigator, Jackson Lewis Law Firm
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Monica Ryden is Of Counsel in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has more than 10 years of experience litigating employment matters in state and federal courts.

Ms. Ryden advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, including those involving discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, negligent hiring, wrongful termination, and retaliation claims. She also litigates non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secrets misappropriation disputes.

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