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Employers May Use Pregnancy-Tracking Apps to Monitor Employees

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Employers May Use Pregnancy-Tracking Apps to Monitor EmployeesMany women may use pregnancy-tracking apps to chart their stages of pregnancy through their child’s infancy. Unfortunately, some employers who offer access or use of the app may pay to monitor their pregnant employees and gain aggregated data from what their employees input ranging from general information about their health to intimate details about their pregnancies. Companies may claim that this and other apps that share health data may help to streamline health-care expenses, but privacy infringement issues may arise, and female employees who are trying to conceive or are pregnant may not want their employers to know for various reasons until the time is right.

A pregnancy-tracking app may not necessarily affect the way a female employee is treated at work, but it may inadvertently influence how the employer views the worker or prevent the employee from receiving a promotion or plum assignment. Businesses cannot discriminate against a pregnant employee by terminating the worker after she announces her pregnancy or refuse to allow the employee to take time off for prenatal appointments. Pregnant women are considered temporarily disabled, and the law protects them from employment discrimination.

If you dealt with pregnancy discrimination at work, contact our Philadelphia discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us at 215-569-1999 or contact us online. From our offices in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients in Pennsylvania and South Jersey.

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