Do Not Be A Victim Of Pregnancy Discrimination
Decades ago, it was normal for an employer to discriminate against female employees because they became pregnant. Fortunately, those days are behind us. If you have faced discrimination while pregnant or after giving birth, you should seek our legal advice as soon as possible. Below you will find just a few examples of how your rights may have been violated.
Your Rights As A Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination
No longer can employers refuse a woman employment based on her pregnancy status. They are required to consider all employees on an equal basis. This also applies to any other employment action such as a promotion, request for transfer or termination. If you have been affected by such an adverse action, we can help you to get the justice that you deserve under the law.
If you have been discriminated against when asserting your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act related to your pregnancy or child care after delivery, you are also protected. The FMLA provides all employees the same rights when they request to take leave covered by the FMLA. In many cases women are deemed temporarily disabled under the advice of their physician for the health of the woman or her unborn child. Employers are required to treat you just as they would treat anyone else that has been determined to be temporarily disabled by their doctor.
These laws also apply to returning to work. If your doctor has determined that you are physically able to work again, your employer is required to allow you to return. Your employer cannot set any limitation on when you can return provided it is within the covered leave period (up to 12 weeks per year). Employers also must keep your position open for your return. However, if employers accommodate others for a period longer, they must do so for everyone.
Finally, if you decide that breastfeeding is the right choice for you and your child after returning to work, there are special accommodations that must be made. An employer can not restrict your need for additional short breaks to express milk. They are also required to create a private space for you to do so. This space cannot be a bathroom. If you have faced opposition when making this request or any adverse response, such as termination, call us.
Hire A Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer Today
This is just a small example of the rights that have been afforded to women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. If you suspect that you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, the first course of action you need to take is to request a consultation with our firm. We can discuss the specifics of your situation and advise as to how we can help you to get the justice you deserve.