What Constitutes Pregnancy Discrimination?
Have you been discriminated at your workplace based solely on the fact that you are pregnant? Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, this type of practice is illegal and you could have a claim if your rights have been violated. Our team at Moody & Warner has years of experience in this area of law and is dedicated to protecting our clients rights and best interests. You should not have to tolerate this kind of discrimination so let us help you fight for your rights.
In 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was added to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The purpose of this act was to prohibit sex discrimination toward women during pregnancy. However, even though it has been over 30 years, these cases are still not uncommon. Under this act, it is a violation to refuse to hire a woman based on the fact that she is pregnant. It is also an offense to treat her any differently than you another employee who is temporarily disabled. If she is forced to miss a couple days of work due to pregnancy-related complications, the employer is not allowed to force her into maternity leave. They are also not allowed to put a limit regarding when she is able to return to work.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act also covers the issues of health insurance and fringe benefits. For example, just as in any other medical situation, the woman will be covered by her insurance, except in cases of abortions. Also, pregnancy expenses can not only be covered for married employees. It is also illegal to harass a woman in any way because she is pregnant. If she is fired or given a lower position, the employer can be held liable.
Defending Against Discrimination
If you have found yourself in this type of situation, please do not hesitate to contact a lawyer from our team of professionals. Any discrimination regarding hiring, benefits, leave of absence, or promotions is against employment law and you could have a claim if you underwent this type of treatment. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients who have been victims of this type of treatment.