Los Angeles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers
Pregnant employees and those who have recently given birth often have questions about how their pregnancy or pregnancy-related health conditions will affect their employment. And rightly so. California and federal law provide such employees with many critical, legal rights in today’s workplace.
If you think your employer may have discriminated against or mistreated you because of childbirth, pregnancy, or a related health condition, the experienced attorneys at the Workplace Rights Law Group are available to help.
Types of Pregnancy Discrimination
There are three (3) main categories of workplace rights that women who are pregnant or recently gave birth should know about.
First, they can’t be “discriminated against” because of their pregnancy, childbirth or a pregnancy-related health condition. As explained by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an employer cannot single out a woman because of pregnancy or pregnancy-related health condition by:
- Refusing to hire her (so long as she is able to perform the major functions of her job);
- Paying her less;
- Giving her different assignments than would be given to a non-pregnant employee;
- Refusing to promote her;
- Firing her;
- Denying her benefits;
- Harassing her; and
- Otherwise mistreating her.
Second, California employers are required to make “reasonable accommodations” at work for the pregnancy-related health restrictions and limitations of their female employees, unless those accommodations would impose an undue hardship. Such accommodations might include: more flexible hours, different duties, excusing tardiness if due to morning sickness, additional rest opportunities, etc.
Third, women desiring extra time off work because of pregnancy-related disabilities or related health conditions, or because they’re a new mother (or father) seeking time off to care for a newborn, may be allowed to take protected leaves of absences in certain circumstances and for limited periods of time, and may also be guaranteed their same or similar jobs when they’re ready to return to work. The laws on this can be complicated. But if you need or want the time off, ask for it.
Your Rights if You Are Discriminated Against due to Pregnancy
If your pregnancy-related workplace rights have been violated you have the right to fair and full remedies. These can include: money damages for any lost wages or benefits and for your emotional distress, an order reinstating your job or granting an appropriate leave of absence, potentially punitive damages, and an order requiring your employer to pay your reasonable attorney’s fees.
Contact the Workplace Rights Law Group Today
At the Workplace Rights Law Group, we are committed to advancing the rights of all workers in our State, and fighting back against discrimination. If you think you may have been mistreated because of your pregnancy or pregnancy-related health condition or denied your fair rights in the workplace, contact us. We can answer your questions, explain your legal rights and your options, discuss filing a lawsuit versus filing a complaint with your employer versus filing a complaint with a government administrative agency.
Don’t forget: You have no more than one year from the date you were discriminated against to file an appropriate legal claim and protect your rights, so don’t delay.
We have been aggressively fighting for workers’ rights in California for years, and know what to do when discrimination occurs. For a free consultation with our Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination attorneys, contact us today online or by phone.