Do you believe your employment status has been negatively affected because of your pregnancy? It is not uncommon for employers to fire, demote, or deny benefits to women because of their pregnancy. If you believe this is true in your case, contact a lawyer to find out how you can take legal action and receive damages you are owed.
WHAT IS PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION?
Pregnancy discrimination can refer to any number of negative acts related to an employee or applicant’s state of pregnancy. In its most basic sense, it is a form of illegal sex discrimination and is covered under The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it “forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment.” If a women is unable to properly perform her job duties due to her pregnancy (or a medical condition related to her pregnancy), the employer is required to treat her in the same manner as it treats other disabled parties. The employer can do this by providing lighter duties, alternative assignments, unpaid leave, or disability leave. Additionally, pregnant employees in Los Angeles and California may also be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows for up to 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, nursing mothers may also have the right to produce milk in the workplace.
For more information on employment rights regarding pregnancy, contact an attorney with experience in employment litigation. If you believe you have been improperly treated and discriminated against because of your pregnancy, take action as soon as possible. Laws are constantly changing, so it is important to obtain the services of an attorney that understands the intricacies of local, state, and federal law. Don’t be intimidated by investigating or pursuing the possibility of a lawsuit, as you are legally protected from employer retaliation.
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