Pregnancy is one of the happiest moments of every mother’s life as they await the addition to their family. Although pregnancy is a time to be joyful, many women experience challenges in the workplace. This is due to the vast increase in pregnancy discrimination. If you are pregnant, it is vital that you understand your employment rights and know-how to protect them.
If your employer has wronged you during pregnancy, contact our Los Angeles employment law attorneys today at (213) 310-8301 to schedule a confidential consultation.
Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer treats you differently because you are pregnant– ultimately impacting your work and career. For example, your employer is not allowed to fire you because you plan on taking maternity leave. If they do, you can file a claim against them to recover lost wages.
Similarly, if your employer denies you a promotion or raise because you are pregnant, it is considered pregnancy discrimination. In any case where your employer discriminates or harasses you because you are pregnant, you have the option to pursue compensation for any wrongdoing.
According to the California Department of Human Resources, California law protects employees against discrimination or harassment because of an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical condition.
According to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), your employer has an obligation to:
If you aren’t able to perform your job duties due to your pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, you have the right to take four months of disability leave. If the employer provides more than four months of leave for other types of temporary disabilities, the same leave must be made available to employees who are disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.
Your employer has an obligation to:
If your employer hasn’t followed the California pregnancy disability laws, you can file a claim against your employer. Whether you’ve experienced discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, or have simply been denied leave, you should speak to an experienced attorney. Our team at Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP has years of experience helping soon-to-be mothers protect their employment law rights. Our Los Angeles employment lawyers are prepared to help you through the process.