FAQ: Pregnancy Discrimination
Los Angeles Employment Law Attorneys
At King & Siegel LLP, we are dedicated to using our skills, experience, and knowledge of the law to protect the rights of pregnant women in workplaces throughout Los Angeles. Below, we answer some of the common questions we are asked regarding pregnancy discrimination lawsuits.
Question#1: Do disability protections apply to pregnancy?
A: Yes. Under both the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for your pregnancy.
Question #2: Am I entitled to parental leave from work?
A: Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees who have worked for a certain amount of time for the same employer can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave following the birth of a child. During your leave, your employer is required to protect your job.
The state of California also has what’s known as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). You may also be able to take up to 16 weeks of pregnancy disability leave (PDL), in addition to the 12 weeks provided under the FMLA.
The amount of leave you are entitled to depends on a variety of factors and can be complicated. We are here to help.
Question #3: Am I protected against pregnancy discrimination?
A: Yes. Since 1978, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) has been in place to protect pregnant women from employment discrimination. The PDA defines discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions as sex discrimination under Title VII. Under the PDA, it is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire you because you are pregnant or discriminate against you in terms of pay, working conditions, layoffs or firing, or any other aspect of employment. California has enacted even stronger laws to protect pregnant workers.
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Few employment law firms specialize in these types of discrimination cases. We are passionate about what we do and devote a large portion of our practice to this specialized set of cases. The only way to stop discrimination is to stand up when it happens. We are here to help.