Pregnancy discrimination is not only unfair, it is illegal. Federal and state laws protect expecting mothers from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment in the workplace. Sadly, mothers-to-be continue to face injustice relating to their employment.
Maybe you have been denied your full pregnancy leave. Possibly you returned to work after time off with your baby and were demoted or fired. These are just some of the ways an employer can violate laws that protect pregnant employees.
If you have been unfairly treated by your employer during your pregnancy, or suspect you have, it is time to take action. An experienced pregnancy discrimination attorney can help protect your rights and secure compensation for your suffering.
To learn your next legal steps, contact us today for your free case review.
You Are Protected Under the Law
The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) make it unlawful for employment discrimination based on gender. Under both laws, pregnancy discrimination is considered a form of gender discrimination.
Being a working mother is tough in this country. Balancing the demands of a job while caring for a new child is not easy. Fortunately, laws are on the books to help out new moms. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) each allows for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for new mothers.
For woman who experience problems during pregnancy – from severe morning sickness to doctor-ordered bed rest – the state’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) is also designed to protect you. PDL provides up to four months of disability leave for women who are disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or another related medical condition.
Additionally, certain pregnancy-related medical conditions may be considered disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the law, an employer must make reasonable accommodations for a woman with a disabling pregnancy condition. Such accommodations might include modifications to the workplace, or allowing leave.
How We Can Help You
Identifying pregnancy discrimination can sometimes be difficult. Employers may use subtle tactics or give excuses for their discriminatory practices. During your case review, we can determine if your employer’s treatment of you was unlawful. We can pursue pregnancy and maternity discrimination, such as:
- Not being hired due to a pregnancy
- Being wrongfully terminated after informing an employer of a pregnancy
- Being fired or demoted while on, or returning from, maternity leave
- Being denied health care benefits
- Being denied full maternity leave under the law
- Receiving a pay reduction, or title change, during pregnancy or maternity leave
- Not accommodating working conditions that are unsafe for a pregnant woman
- Making offensive remarks, including jokes, about pregnancy, child birth or maternity
The attorneys at Skilling O’Leary focus on discrimination in the workplace. We have a deep understanding of workplace discrimination laws and the tactics employers use to break these regulations. With this knowledge, our attorneys can build a strong case for you that may win the compensation you need to get on with your life.
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Expecting and new mothers already have a lot on their plates in preparing and caring for their child. They should not be put under the additional stress of workplace discrimination. It is harmful to the individual victims, and our entire society when working moms are treated unfairly.
Let us help you by taking on your case and holding discriminatory employers accountable. Contact our offices today for your no obligation case evaluation.
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