|Source:||ABA = the American Bar Association|
|What:||'PDA' is the shorthand for 42 USC §2000e(k)|
|Where:||EEO Law Basics 1-B|
|How:||via amendment to Title VII|
|Why:||Combat sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy/childbirth/etc.|
Basically - in the context of employment discrimination - the abbreviation 'PDA' is a shorthand way to refer to 42 USC §2000e(k); which was amended in 1978 to include protections for pregnancy/childbirth/etc.
Jane Doe works for Company XYZ. Who fires her shortly after she discloses her pregnancy. So, she files a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.
At the conclusion of the EEOC's investigation [into her sex discrimination charge], the federal agency sends her a Notice of Right to Sue. She thereby files suit in federal court (under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964).
In her civil complaint, she cites the PDA (ie, 42 USC §2000e(k)) as the legal grounds for her lawsuit. Her lawsuit proceeds.