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Pregnancy discrimination happens when a pregnant worker is treated poorly or unjustly at work due to her pregnant state. There are federal and state rights protecting women workers in California against pregnancy discrimination. If you feel that you are a victim of this type of public policy violation by your employer, you can file damages against your employer for the reparation of your injuries and losses which may include: front pay, back pay, lost benefits, pain and suffering and even punitive damages against your unjust employer.
There are different ways that a pregnant woman is discriminated at work. The most blatant is active and/or verbal discrimination where the pregnant individual is either ridiculed or harassed at work. On the other hand, the passive way of discriminating against pregnant employee is by preventing said individual from claiming legally mandated pregnancy leaves or by not providing the same benefits and compensation offered to male employees or female employees who are not pregnant or married. As a victim of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, in order to claim damages against your employer, you need to know the laws violated by your employer, as well as the correct procedures in filing a pregnancy discrimination case in California. Hence, if you are serious in claiming the maximum compensation you deserve against your employer, you should never seek damages against your employer on your own because you will definitely be at a disadvantage.
MELG Law Firm’s well respected Los Angeles Pregnancy Discrimination lawyers are well known for our resilience in fighting for every employee’s rights in the work place. As of date, we have already obtained hundreds of millions in awards for all our pregnancy discrimination clients.
If you or your loved one is being discriminated against at work, Call Us Now at 866.500-4848 and we will use all our resources to fight for your employment and labor law rights.
How to Protect Yourself Against Pregnancy Discrimination in California?
Every pregnant woman or those with related condition should be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees in the work place. If you are treated differently because of your pregnant state, then you are being discriminated against on account of your pregnancy. This is in violation of your employment rights against discrimination at work.
Law Protecting Your Rights
Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, your employer is prohibited from discriminating against you on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. This also constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII.
Hence, if you are a victim of pregnancy discrimination, you have a right to file a claim against your employer on the basis of the above legislation.
As a victim of pregnancy discrimination, you have a right to file a case with the EEOC or even in the regular courts. However, in order to make sure that you will not lose your valid claims, you need to seek help from expert pregnancy discrimination law firms like MELG Law Firm. Don’t let your employer get away with violating your rights. Seek immediate legal help for your employment issues right away.
- a) Hiring and Working Conditions - A prospective employer cannot refuse to hire you because of her pregnancy related condition as long as you are able to perform the major functions of the job you are applying for. If the interview centers on how many children do you want to have or if you are intending to file maternity leaves on account of your pregnancy is already a violation of your rights against pregnancy discrimination. Also, if you are already working for your employer and your employer treats you differently and does not give you the same benefits at work on account of your pregnancy then you are definitely being discriminated against due to your pregnant state.
- b.) Maternity and Other Related Leaves - If you become pregnant while employed, your employer cannot force you to take a leave until you give birth. Alternatively, your employer cannot also deny you your maternity leaves or other related leaves given to employees who are not pregnant or expecting.
- c.) Temporary Disability - If your employer allows temporarily disabled employees to take disability leave or leave without pay, your employer must also allow an employee who is temporarily disabled due to pregnancy to do the same.