In Wisconsin, it is illegal to fire or withhold benefits from an employee due to a pregnancy. The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act also forbids an employer from discriminating against a pregnant employee in regards to pay, job assignments or training opportunities. If an employee is unable to perform job duties temporarily due to a pregnancy, the employer is obligated to treat that employee like any other temporarily disabled employee.
This may require an employer to provide alternate assignments, lighter job duties or unpaid or disability leave. As certain physical ailments related to pregnancy may be covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act, an employer may be required to make reasonable accommodations for an affected employee. It is illegal to harass or create a hostile work environment for an employee due to a pregnancy or health issues related to the pregnancy.