Defending Against Pregnancy Discrimination
Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Workers
Women in the workplace have specific rights that must be zealously protected. As giving birth is an activity that only women are engaged in, laws have been enacted at both the state and federal level to protect them should they become pregnant while employed. Pregnancy cannot be a factor that affects your ability to get hired, promoted, leads to dismissal and cannot influence the level of compensation you get from your employment. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, an employer can be held accountable if you have suffered any of these forms of discrimination after becoming pregnant or with any related condition.
Examples of Violations
There are a wide range of situations that could be violations of your rights. For example, a young single mother could have trouble getting hired if a potential employer believes she will not be able to perform her duties due to the need to care for her newborn. Another type of violation would be if an employer refuses to hire a pregnant woman as she would be taking time off within a short time of being hired. As a woman, you deserve to have your rights under state and federal law fully protected and we are here to assist you to get justice.
What can I do if my rights have been violated?
If you feel that you have not been promoted as you should have, were unfairly terminated, or lost opportunities for which you were very qualified because of your pregnancy or that you were planning to become pregnant, do hesitate to discuss your situation with a member of our team to determine your legal rights. We believe that working women deserve protection from these unfair and illegal business practices, and we are prepared to act on your behalf if pregnancy discrimination is proven to have affected your work, whether in hiring, firing, pay or other matter.