There are many things that happen in people’s lives in California that can change their lives significantly. One of these things is when women become pregnant. Having a child changes things drastically and people’s lives start to revolve around their children as newborn children need almost constant attention. This is why mothers and fathers are allowed to take time off work after the birth of a child under both federal and California law without fear that they will lose it.
However, during the pregnancy complications can arise that affect both the mother and the baby. When this occurs it is known as a pregnancy disability. These disabilities may require the mother to take time off of work to ensure both her and the baby’s safety. In other instances the mother may be able to keep working, but may need different accommodations to continue working. Just like many other types of disabilities, employers are required to give mothers time off or make accommodations to allow them to work.
In addition to the time off mothers are entitled to after the birth of the child, a mother is also entitled to up to four months for pregnancy disabilities. Employers also are required to make accommodations such as modifying work duties, providing stools, transfers to less strenuous positions, longer breaks and other reasonable accommodations. If an employer fires a women after having a pregnancy disability or does not provide reasonable accommodations, the employee may be entitled to compensation.
Being pregnant is not easy for women in California and sometimes complications arise that force a women to change their lifestyle. This could include taking time off work to help ensure the safety of both the mother and the baby. Employers must provide these accommodations as well and if they do not they may need to compensate the mother with back pay and compensation for other economic losses. Experienced attorneys understand mother’s rights and consulting with one may be very useful.