Lawless & Lawless
Call for a free initial consultation
Toll Free 415-906-3108
We Believe In Workers’ Rights and civil rights
View Our Practice Areas

Defining pregnancy discrimination at work

Announcing a pregnancy in the workplace should be something to celebrate and enjoy, but unfortunately for many women, it can become something that they dread, since they begin to worry that their pregnancy may lead to diminished career prospects or other negative treatment.

Women are protected from any discriminatory treatment such as this by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. This prevents employers from engaging in discriminatory treatment, for example demoting an employee or firing an employee because of her pregnancy.

A pregnant employee has the same rights to benefits as any other employee. This includes their access to health insurance benefits, retirement and benefits to disability. These rights also include a fair access to a promotion, educational conferences and unpaid leave. In essence, a pregnant employee should be treated just the same as any other worker.

Your rights as a pregnant employee

As an employee, you have the right to be treated equally. This means that it is not permissible if your employer is treating you differently because you are pregnant, believed to be pregnant or because they believe that you may get pregnant in the near future.

One of the most problematic instances can be when a pregnant woman is suffering with illnesses and health complications during her pregnancy. This can mean that she needs to apply for sick leave or unpaid leave. In this case, an employer must treat her as he or she would any other temporarily disabled employee.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against as a pregnant worker, it is important to remember your rights and take action when necessary.

Source: Findlaw, "Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace," accessed Oct. 20, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Get a free case evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy