Pregnancy discrimination is a type of workplace discrimination that occurs when an expectant woman is fired, not hired, or otherwise discriminated against—and it can even happen when a woman only intends to become pregnant.
It’s also illegal.
If it’s happened to you, you may want to talk to a pregnancy discrimination lawyer in Glendale, Los Angeles, or the surrounding communities.
What California Law Says About Pregnancy Discrimination
California law—and federal law, for that matter—protects pregnant employees by prohibiting discrimination and providing women with the ability to take leaves of absence without giving up health insurance.
Employers must also provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women.
It’s illegal for an employer to treat a pregnant woman—or one who is affected by pregnancy-related conditions—any differently than the employer would treat another person.
The specific California statutes that govern pregnancy and related conditions in the workplace are the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act.
Federal law protects pregnant women, too. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits sex discrimination due to pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions related to either.
What is Pregnancy Disability?
Pregnancy disability refers to a time when a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job because she has a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law requires an employer to treat a woman with a pregnancy disability the same way that employer would treat any other temporarily disabled employee, such as providing light duty, different types of work assignments, or even disability leave.
How to Spot Pregnancy Discrimination
While it’s rare that someone will come right out and say, “I’m not hiring you because you’re pregnant,” there are a few telltale signs that you’ve been a victim of pregnancy discrimination. Some of those signs include:
- Not getting a job because the employer knows (either because you told or it’s visible) that you’re pregnant
- Being fired after you announce your pregnancy
- Being fired before, during, or after maternity leave
- Losing pay as a result of your pregnancy
- Being verbally harassed or insulted because of your pregnancy
- Being denied ongoing training due to pregnancy
- Being demoted because of your pregnancy
- Being denied adequate working accommodations when you have a pregnancy disability
What to Do if You’ve Experienced Pregnancy Discrimination
If your employer has discriminated against you in any way because of pregnancy, childbirth, or even your intention to become pregnant, you could have legal recourse—and you may be entitled to financial compensation through the Glendale or Los Angeles court systems.
It may be a good idea for you to get in touch with a pregnancy discrimination attorney who can understand what you’re going through. Your lawyer will ask you several questions, including whether you were fired from your job and what type of harassment or discrimination you experienced. These things can be tough to talk about, but remember that your lawyer is asking so many questions so he can get the best possible outcome in your case.
Call our California pregnancy discrimination lawyers today at 818-617-9706 or toll-free at 800-774-4163. We may be able to help you get financial compensation for the discrimination you experienced from your employer, and the sooner you call, the sooner we can begin developing your legal strategy.