What Are Your Rights Under California Pregnancy Leave Laws?

Laws require that employers must provide up to four months of disability leave for women who are pregnant—this includes any other medical conditions associated with pregnancy. Pregnancy leave is only required when medical conditions prevent the woman from performing her job duties, and it does not necessarily all have to be taken at the same time.

Pregnant women who are working while they are pregnant are essentially granted the same rights as a worker with a disability—this means employers cannot ask pregnant women to lift heavy objects, perform grueling manual labor or bend over repeatedly. Pregnant employees must be permitted to work as long as their doctor determines they can safely perform their job duties.

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) also applies to men who have small children to tend to shortly after their birth. No one should be forced to decide between their family and earning a living. Employers have been known to push out or simply refuse to hire pregnant workers in the first place. If you believe your employer has violated your rights or discriminated against you due to pregnancy, our Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination lawyers can help. Please contact our firm today for a free consultation.

Tip of the week: According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency received 4,714 claims of pregnancy discrimination in 2002.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination lawyers