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The Department of Labor's most recent data shows 59 percent of women of working age are in the workplace, comprising 47 percent of the workforce. The National Partnership for Women & Families found complaints of pregnancy discrimination have risen at a faster rate than that of women in the workforce.

The most common charges are allegations of discharge based on pregnancy and disparate terms and conditions of employment based on pregnancy. These include suspensions pending receipt of medical releases, medical examinations that are not job-related or consistent with business necessity, and forced leave.

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