Protecting Pregnant Employees From Workplace Discrimination
Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful gender discrimination in violation of both state and federal law. It is illegal for employers to demote, terminate, marginalize or refuse to hire or provide equal benefits to pregnant women. Employers are also required to provide employees with a certain amount of leave in connection with pregnancy and can be held accountable for unreasonably failing to provide it.
Despite the popularity of terms such as “work-life balance” and “family friendly” in corporate America today, the number of pregnancy discrimination complaints across the country is on the rise. At Mezibov Butler, we advocate aggressively for our clients’ rights before, during and after childbirth and hold employers financially accountable for pregnancy discrimination. We have successfully handled cases involving issues such as refusal to allow pregnant women adequate time off, termination of women’s jobs during pregnancy leave, inappropriate comments made to women because of pregnancy and other related matters.
Do not allow an employer to blemish the excitement of the birth of a child with a discriminatory job action while you are pregnant or on leave after giving birth. If you believe that you may be a victim of pregnancy discrimination, reach out to Mezibov Butler so that our experienced employment lawyers may assess your situation and provide you with the legal know-how to protect your rights.