Protecting The Employment Rights Of Expectant And New Mothers
Expectant mothers have more to worry about than possible job discrimination. Unfortunately, prejudices against pregnant applicants and employees still exist in today’s workplaces. It is important to remember that pregnancy discrimination is illegal. If you have experienced it, you should speak to an attorney to learn about your legal options.
At the Law Offices of Miguel S. Ramirez, we represent women in the Los Angeles area who have been discriminated against at work based on pregnancy. We offer a free consultation to discuss your rights and possible claim against an employer for pregnancy discrimination. Call 213-975-0003. Se habla español.
Pregnancy Discrimination Is Against The Law
The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act and California’s Fair Housing and Employment Act make it illegal for employers to discriminate against expectant mothers and new mothers or create a hostile work environment for an employee who becomes pregnant. Common scenarios include:
- Denying a promotion to a female employee who is pregnant
- Refusing to hire a female applicant who is pregnant
- Asking applicants if they intend to have babies
- Retaliation for becoming pregnant (demotion, pay cut, harassment)
- Refusing to allow an employee to go to prenatal care appointments
- Making discriminatory or offensive comments to a pregnant employee
- Demoting or changing a job description after an employee returns from pregnancy leave
- Retaliating against an employee after taking pregnancy-related leave
A pregnant employee should be allowed to work as long as she can safely perform her job duties. Similarly, a pregnant applicant should not be denied a position based on pregnancy, unless she is unable to perform the essential functions of the job.
We Enforce Pregnancy And Maternity Leave Rights
We serve clients in Southern California, including Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County and the surrounding areas.