Recognizing Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Expecting a Child, Not a Termination Notice

Expecting parents remain hard at work until the birth of their child, eager to earn as much as they can to welcome their child with the best possible life. Despite their dedication to their job, mothers are frequently unfairly discriminated against on the basis of their pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

What Pregnancy Discrimination Looks Like

Pregnancy discrimination happens when an individual is treated unfairly simply because of their pregnancy. It can include:

  • Demoting a pregnant employee
  • Firing a pregnant employee
  • Forcing a pregnant employee to take time off
  • Rejecting requests for reasonable accommodations or time off
  • Refusing to hold a pregnant woman’s job while she is away on maternity leave
  • Refusing to hire a job applicant because they are pregnant

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) protects expecting women from unfair treatment based on their pregnancy, recent birth, or associated medical condition. Expecting workers could be granted additional protection under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Furthermore, Title VII will protect a pregnant mother by granting them reasonable accommodations in the workplace. Under the statute, expecting employees must be given the same leniency and flexibility in tasks as is afforded to other temporarily disabled workers.

If you have been wrongfully discriminated against because of your pregnancy, contact an EEOC lawyer from John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law. We will fight to protect your rights and the future of you and your child. Call us today to get started: (202) 759-7780.
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