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Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibits employers from treating any applicant, employee, or faculty member unfavorably with respect to the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.  The PDA also prohibits an employer from denying temporary accommodations for pregnancy-related medical conditions if similar accommodations are provided for other employees with temporary medical conditions. 

Title IX prohibits colleges and universities from denying an applicant or student access to, or participation in, educational programs and activities based on sex, including pregnancy. Title IX provides for protection from discrimination for all parents involved in the pregnancy process - regardless of sex of the parent, regardless the role the parent is playing in the pregnancy, and regardless of the outcome of the pregnancy. 

The Family Medical Leave Act provides qualified employees the right to take leave from work for delivery of and care for a newborn. The qualifications and procedures for requesting leave under the FMLA can be found here.  

If you believe you have been subjected to pregnancy discrimination or have witnessed pregnancy discrimination, please contact the Office of Office of Civil Rights and Title IX at (785)864-6414, or click here to file a report online.

Pregnancy Discrimination Laws and Policies:


Civil Rights and Title IX

University of Kansas Medical Center
Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
Dole Human Development Center, Suite 1082
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-6414