It is sex discrimination
It is important to know that you’ve got rights when you become pregnant while permanently employed.
You cannot be discriminated against because you are pregnant, because you gave birth, because you are breastfeeding or due to any other medical condition related to pregnancy. To discriminate against a pregnant woman is a form of sex discrimination.
Your employer is also not allowed to take away job responsibilities from you or deny you a promotion just because you are pregnant.
Any form of harassment is prohibited under the law and is illegal.
If anyone in the workplace harasses you, your employer is liable, so be sure to report it immediately.
California has a Pregnancy Disability Leave Law
According to this law, you are allowed to take time off for severe morning sickness, pre-natal or post-natal care, recovering from childbirth and even for the loss of a baby.
If you are able to work, your employer should also reasonably accommodate you by modifying work practices or allowing you to take frequent breaks. He cannot force you to take leave just because you are inconveniencing him.
The exception to the rule …
Most employers will follow the law. But, there are exceptions to the rule.
Unfortunately, there are employers that will not let you take leave when you need it, harass you, or discipline you because of your pregnancy. It is discriminatory and you are within your rights to speak to a lawyer.
What damages can I receive?
If an employer discriminated against you because of your pregnancy, you should be able to recover past- and future wages. You can also sue for emotional distress, attorney fees and in some cases punitive damages will also be awarded.
Each case is different
At KJT Law Group we understand. We know that each situation is unique and needs to be looked at in context. Contact us today for a free consultation to see if you have a pregnancy discrimination case. We will look at all of the facts.
Reach out to schedule a free consultation with us today. (818)507-8525; info@KJTLawGroup.com.