Dealing with Pregnancy Discrimination in LA
Many employers do not realize or honor the full range of laws regarding employees who are pregnant or have recently given birth. In addition to leave provisions such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, both federal and state laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against a female employee on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Pregnancy and childbirth should be times for celebration in a woman’s life and she should not have to worry that she will face workplace repercussions for her decision to have a child.
Though pregnancy discrimination is less prevalent than it once was, both employees and employers should understand a pregnant employee’s rights under the law. If you believe you have been the victim of unlawful pregnancy discrimination at work, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles, California employment law attorney at HKM as soon as possible. HKM attorneys have almost 40 years of experiences protecting employees from workplace discrimination of any kind, and can help you fight for your rights.
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Aspects of Pregnancy Discrimination
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is a federal law that prohibits an employer from taking adverse employment actions against a woman because she is pregnant or has recently given birth. Pregnant employees in California are additionally protected by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). If you believe you have suffered harassment or discrimination in any aspect of your employment because of a pregnancy, you should seek qualified legal representation immediately.
Pregnancy discrimination may happen at many different stages of employment and may affect:
- Hiring decisions
- Wages or benefits
- Promotions or demotions
- Job transfers
- Leaves of absence
- Termination or dismissal
None of these employment decisions may be based on a female employee’s pregnancy or childbirth. However, employers are able to terminate or discipline a pregnant employee for being unproductive or for other valid reasons. Employers who take valid adverse employment actions against pregnant employees may end up being falsely accused of pregnancy discrimination and should always seek legal assistance to avoid or deal with wrongful claims.
If you believe you are being discriminated against due to your pregnancy, contact a Los Angeles employment law attorney at HKM Employment Attorneys today to discuss your case.