The birth of a child is a both joyous and stressful event in a woman's life. It is difficult to juggle both a career and family and your employer should recognize that. Your employer should recognize that you will need accommodations to perform your job while you are pregnant and/or that you will need to take time off to care for your newborn.
Too often, employers treat their pregnant employees unfavorably, mistakenly believing that they are no longer focused on their work. Pregnancy discrimination may come in a variety of forms, including but not limited to:
- Denying the 12 week maternity leave she should have received under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
- Being told her job is no longer available after maternity leave
- Pushing her out the door by increasing her workload upon return from maternity leave
- Being passed over for promotions
Pregnancy discrimination is a form of gender discrimination. Whether this discrimination comes in the form of FMLA/CFRA leave violations, retaliation for taking leave, or harassment, our attorneys are here to help. If you believe pregnancy discrimination has happened to you, contact our office to see if you have a potential case. We can explain the law and vigorously fight on your behalf.