Are you pregnant? Have you been experiencing issues with your employer including harassment or unfair treatment because of your pregnancy?
If you have, you may want to speak to our Los Angeles labor attorneys about pregnancy discrimination laws. Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), discrimination based on pregnancy—including hiring and firing, promotions, job assignments, pay, benefits and other conditions of employment—is illegal.
If your employer is discriminating against you, including not providing you with lighter duty or alternative assignments during your pregnancy, you may be able to file a legal claim. The PDA requires employers to treat pregnant employees like other temporarily disabled workers, providing work that they can undertake physically.
Additionally, if you have been having trouble getting time off for your pregnancy, or you have not been brought back to work following the birth of your son or daughter, your employer may be violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
New Jersey Woman Files Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
We bring this subject up because recently a New Jersey woman filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against a home improvement company, saying that she was fired when she took time off to care for her prematurely born son.
The woman filed the lawsuit against Pizzo Contracting, also known as Carl’s Fencing, Decking and Home Improvements. According to Patch.com, the woman worked as a marketing coordinator for the company, and she became pregnant shortly after beginning employment. She claims that after she became pregnant, her salary was reduced and she was subjected to harassment, with disparaging comments made about her appearance.
After giving birth to her son, the woman claims that she returned to work a month later and was demoted to a part-time administrative sales assistant role. The company allegedly fired her shortly after she returned to work.
How Can an Attorney Help Me if I am Subjected to Pregnancy Discrimination at Work?
Pregnancy discrimination is not only immoral, it is illegal. If you believe that you have experienced pregnancy discrimination at work, contact our Los Angeles labor attorneys. The laws surrounding pregnancy discrimination are very complex, so it will be in your best interest to speak to our experts.
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