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Pregnancy Discrimination in California: What Employees Should Know

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If you think you've been a victim of pregnancy discrimination at work, it's important to know that both California and Federal law prohibit private and government employers from engaging in pregnancy-related discriminatory behavior. Unfortunately, these unlawful actions still happen in the workplace, so knowing your rights can help protect you from discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination because of your pregnancy. But how do you know for sure whether or not you've been subjected to negative treatment by your employer due to pregnancy?

The information below will offer important facts that California employees should know about pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, when to hire a pregnancy discrimination attorney to help you file a complaint, and how to start the filing process.

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If you think you've been a victim of pregnancy discrimination at work, it's important to know that both California and Federal law prohibit private and government employers from engaging in pregnancy-related discriminatory behavior. Unfortunately, these unlawful actions still happen in the workplace, so knowing your rights can help protect you from discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination because of your pregnancy. But how do you know for sure whether or not you've been subjected to negative treatment by your employer due to pregnancy?

The information below will offer important facts that California employees should know about pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, when to hire a pregnancy discrimination attorney to help you file a complaint, and how to start the filing process.

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an applicant for employment or an employee is treated unfavorably because of her pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. This means that whether you're an expectant mother already working in the state of California, applying for jobs while you're pregnant, or just thinking about becoming pregnant, it's important to know how California law will protect you and your family from negative employer behaviors related to your pregnancy.

Pregnancy discrimination can come in a variety of forms and be directed toward you by your employer, your boss, and even coworkers. Perhaps you are being harassed by your supervisor in front of coworkers when you express milk during work hours, or your employer reduces your pay due to your pregnancy. These unlawful discriminatory actions and others often stem from personal biases and prejudices which can also result in wrongful termination.

Signs You're a Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination at Work

Under both California and Federal law, it is unlawful for your employer to subject you to workplace discrimination because of pregnancy or childbirth.

If you are being forced to deal with any of the following negative discriminatory or retaliatory actions in the workplace, you may wish to seek legal assistance from an experienced employment attorney right away:

  • An employer refused to hire you because of your pregnancy
  • You have been verbally abused or insulted due to your pregnancy
  • You have been threatened or harassed due to your pregnancy
  • You have been denied promotions due to your pregnancy
  • You have been denied maternity leave
  • You have been denied ongoing training due to your pregnancy
  • You have been demoted due to your pregnancy
  • You have been denied adequate leave for pregnancy-related medical needs
  • You have been denied adequate working accommodations due to your pregnancy
  • Your employer has refused to transfer you to a less strenuous position (if available) when such a transfer is necessary to accommodate a health condition due to your pregnancy
  • Your employer has failed to allow you to return to a position of employment upon your return from maternity leave
  • You have been terminated due to your pregnancy

Filing a Pregnancy Discrimination Complaint in California

If upon reading this article you still believe you've been subjected to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, be sure to document all instances of the discriminatory behavior as they occur: write down who was involved, witnesses, behaviors and keep any emails or other documents that could be important to stating your case. Bring this information with you to your first meeting with an employment attorney who will then assist you in deciding the best course of action for filing your pregnancy discrimination complaint with either the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Your employer in California is not allowed to terminate or mistreat you due to your pregnancy or childbirth, and our pregnancy discrimination attorneys will fight for your rights and the financial compensation you deserve. Call us for a free consultation.

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