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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that specifically prohibited pregnancy discrimination. An employer may not discriminate against job applicants or employees with regard to any aspect of employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Aspects of employment include hiring, firing, pay, promotion, fringe benefits, and any other duty or condition of employment.

Additionally, Title IX provides students with the opportunity to request reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions.

Accommodations for Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX provides students with the opportunity to request reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. Reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions vary and are provided in response to a student’s circumstances.  Reasonable accommodations for these purposes may include academic accommodations, changes in housing, changes in an on-campus work environment, leaves of absence, or other accommodations. 

Students seeking reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions should contact the Student Accessibility Center.

Students with concerns regarding maternity/parenting-based discrimination, or failure to accommodate, should contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator & Student Equity Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@luc.edu or in the Damen Student Center, Suite 300. Students can also file a report with the Office for Equity & Compliance.

Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

Pregnant employees may be eligible for reasonable accommodations in the work place due to medical conditions that arise during pregnancy or as a result of childbirth.  Please contact Human Resources at 773.508.3140 or hr-lsc@luc.edu for more information. 

Lactation Spaces at Loyola

Employees and students seeking a private space for nursing can find a list of designated lactation spaces on campus.

Anyone with concerns about accessing the lactation spaces or taking breaks for nursing activities during work hours can contact the Office for Equity & Compliance at equity@luc.edu or 773.508.7766. 

Parenting Resources

Loyola supports parenting employees through a variety of health and wellness benefits listed on the Human Resources website at https://www.luc.edu/hr/benefits.shtml