If you are pregnant, this should be a joyful time. Future mothers have an important responsibility to their child to provide a safe and healthy environment. The last thing a woman needs is to stress over how her pregnancy will affect her job. Our state has strict pregnancy discrimination laws that prevent your employer or future employer from punishing you for being pregnant. If you are a Southern California resident and feel that your pregnancy has caused your employer to retaliate against you, contact us today.
Pregnancy discrimination laws protect women who are currently employed, or who are applicants for a job. Like other discrimination laws, an employer cannot treat a woman differently because she is currently pregnant, recently gave birth, or has a pregnancy related medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids an employer from employing any of the following due to a woman’s pregnancy:
- Terminating employment
- Refusing to hire a woman
- Permanently reassigning or refusing to give an assignment
- Failing to promote
- Refusing training opportunities
- Refusing fringe benefits such as insurance
Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination occurs often throughout California. It is not uncommon for women to be harassed, shamed, or have their careers redirected if an employer believes that family will begin to take priority over work. This behavior is not legal, and women do not have to stand for it. If you are a new mother, focusing on your new family is hard enough. You do not need additional stress. Call a lawyer today. Jesse Singh is a Los Angeles labor lawyer ready to assist women who have been discriminated against due to pregnancy. At your initial consultation, he will establish the facts of your case and immediately begin a proper investigation. If feasible he will file a lawsuit on your behalf and will use all available discovery tools to establish your claims. You have a right to dignity in the workplace and should not be mistreated because you choose to have a family. We service all of Orange County and are ready to assist you.Providing Legal Representation to Orange County Women Exercising Medical Leave due to Pregnancy
Depending on your job, certain duties may become difficult throughout your pregnancy. The PDA mandates that employers treat pregnant women in the same way they would any other temporarily disabled employee. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) you are entitled to reasonable accommodations, such as lighter duties and alternative assignments. For women who suffer secondary medical conditions during their pregnancy, you are entitled to disability leave as well as maternity leave. It is not legal for your employer to retaliate against you or punish your career due to any physical limitations you experience during your pregnancy. If you feel your employer is violating your rights, do not hesitate. Call our Orange County lawyer today for a free consultation.