One of your employees just hit you with the news that she's pregnant! In addition to your happiness at the news, no doubt you're also concerned about the implications for your business.
Your employee will probably need time off to go to doctor appointments, and then even more time off right before and after giving birth. During the pregnancy, she may need accommodations because she can no longer do all the duties required of her job. All of this impacts your business and costs, so it can be tempting to avoid the issue altogether by firing any pregnant employees or refusing to hire pregnant applicants.
Be careful. You could be violating a long list of laws protecting the rights of pregnant employees. Here are 5 laws protecting pregnant women's rights that all employers should understand: