Pregnancy discrimination is job discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Pregnancy discrimination involves the harassment, discrimination, or treatment of a woman differently or unfavorably because of her pregnancy.
You may be the victim of illegal pregnancy discrimination if you were:
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act modified Title VII so that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions is considered gender discrimination. The law guarantees equal treatment of disabilities, including pregnancy, birth or related disabilities for companies employing 15 or more people. An employer may not fire an employee because she is pregnant or force an employee to take maternity leave.
Other responsibilities that employers owe to employees who become pregnant include:
However, if your company does not provide job security or benefits to other employees, it does not have to provide them to a pregnant woman.
The federal law does not explicitly require that an employer grant pregnancy leave for a pregnant employee, but federal law does mandate that employers provide medical leave for a pregnant employee.
Under the Pregnancy Discrimination & Work Situations, the PDA has several laws employers must follow:
Pursuing a pregnancy discrimination claim is complicated because procedural laws vary depending on where and when you file your claim. An experienced employment lawyer can help you understand how the laws of your state affect your case. An employment attorney can also help you file the necessary paperwork and represent you in court.
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