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Pregnancy discrimination can be based on an employee's pregnancy, medical conditions related to pregnancy, or recent childbirth. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee for any of these pregnancy-related reasons.
- Hiring Discrimination—It is illegal to fire or not hire someone because they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. In fact, employers are prohibited from asking female applicants whether they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. However, many employers continue to ask job applicants about pregnancies and decline to hire pregnant women.
- Wrongful Termination—It is illegal for your employer to fire you for being pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
- Discrimination in Job Duties—It is illegal for your employer to demote you or change your job assignment due to your pregnancy. Your employer must also let you to work as long as you are able to perform your job and must allow you to return to work if you have been absent due to a pregnancy or pregnancy related health condition.
- Pay Discrimination—It is illegal for your employer to pay you less because you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- Medical Discrimination—If you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant it is illegal for your employer to refuse to allow you to take leaves for medical check-ups.
Pregnancy discrimination takes many forms. Sometimes, employers claim that pregnant employees' performance, "focus," or "dedication" has slipped and deny them promotions or bonuses. Other times, employers "eliminate" pregnant employees' positions while they are on leave and hire new, not-pregnant employees for similar roles. Many employers openly question whether female employees who recently gave birth continue to be sufficiently "devoted" to the business. Employees returning from pregnancy leave sometimes find their career at the organization permanently derailed due to antiquated and unjustifiable assumptions about motherhood and the workforce.
These workplace problems are incredibly stressful while dealing with the joyful tumult of a new family member. We know how traumatizing pregnancy discrimination can be to new parents, and how challenging it can be to rebound and set your career back on track.
We are devoted to seeking justice for wronged pregnant workers and new parents. Contact us today for a free case review.