Never assume a pregnant workers' abilities.

 
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Some managers continue to hold outdated views on the capacity for a woman to work while awaiting childbirth. When managers are vocal about these archaic views--or, worse, when they act on them--it's almost certain to provoke a lawsuit.

That's why HR should set up checks and balances, reviewing any decision that may be based on assumptions about pregnant employees.

Recent case: Terri was hired as a security guard, but when she showed up visibly pregnant for training, a manager sent her home. He said he feared Terri might fall while patrolling and injure her child, or she might be harmed by exposure to...

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