Note the following applies: The Employment Equity Amendment Act, 47 of 2013 [EEAA] and the Employment Equity Regulations, 2014 [EER] which came into effect on 01 August 2014 [EEA].
Discrimination on the ground of pregnancy is referred to as one of the listed grounds in terms of section 6(1) of the EEA that deals with the Prohibition of ‘Unfair’ Discrimination:
‘‘(1) No person may unfairly discriminate, directly or indirectly, against an employee, in any employment policy or practice, on one or more grounds [listed grounds], including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, HIV status, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language, birth or on any other arbitrary ground.’’
During induction of new staff, should induction include telling females that they need to inform management when they know they are pregnant? Every company should have a policy for pregnant and breastfeeding females at work, to ensure the employer follows legal requirements, e.g. not being exposed to heavy metals, driving forklifts, shiftwork etc. Implied then would be for females to declare their pregnancy status so that the employer can ensure that they are treated fairly.