A Dos Palos, California-based orchid grower and wholesale distributor was recently sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for violating pregnancy discrimination laws.
Given the nature of modern American life, where many families are led by two working parents or a single working parent, issues of having enough maternity leave, or time to take care of young children or sick relatives arise fairly often in the workplace.
If you are employed in California, there are both state and federal employment laws to protect you from pregnancy discrimination. Even so, it's important to know that this type of workplace discrimination continues to be a problem in California and beyond. In fact, there were over 5000 pregnancy discrimination charges filed with the EEOC in 2013 alone. But how do you know if you're a victim of pregnancy discrimination?
A former employee of North Hollywood's Xtetic World Inc. has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging that her supervisor suggested she get an abortion, and then fired her for following through with the pregnancy.