California laws offer the greatest degree of job security for women who are expecting the birth of a newborn. There are about four California laws that combine to provide women protection of almost 7 months. This includes
- Short Term Disability Leave,
- Family and Medical Leave,
- Pregnancy Disability Leave, and
- Paid Family Leave.
Nevertheless, when a woman takes leave, she loses about 45% in pay during this time. Therefore, the Family Rights Act allows pregnant women to get 12 weeks of job protected leave to bond with their infants in a 12-month period.
However, when a woman is terminated or retaliated against because she is pregnant, her life can turn upside down. Nonetheless, it is comforting to know that juries are sympathetic to the plight of women who are undergoing the birth of a new child. For example, in EEOC v. Akal Sec., Inc., a court awarded over $1,600,000 to victims of pregnancy discrimination.
Furthermore, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published guidance on how employers are expected to treat their workers based on the ADA and the PDA. The EEOC found that pregnant employees are harassed, discriminated, and wrongfully terminated at alarming rates.
In the fiscal year 1997, over 900 maternity discrimination charges were filed with the EEOC and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Many companies refuse to adhere to employees’ requests for accommodations at work.
It is important to immediately contact an attorney if you have been discriminated against due to your pregnancy.
Why Does Pregnancy Discrimination Happen
- Employers continue to falsely believe that pregnancy and positive work performance are incompatible concepts. Nonetheless, pregnant workers should be treated the exact same as non-pregnant workers.The EEOC found that pregnant employees must be given the exact same rights, leave privileges, and advantages as other workers who are facing a disability. And while pregnancy itself isn’t a disability, pregnant workers are classified as having a disability under ADA. This act protects employees with temporary ailments, such as pregnancy.For example, employers should permit a pregnant employee to take more frequent breaks, to keep a water bottle at a labor station, and other accommodations.
Talk to a Los Angeles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer today. We offer free consultations and you pay nothing unless we win.
The lawyers at Miracle Mile Law Group are specially trained in handling pregnancy discrimination lawsuits. If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, contact a pregnancy discrimination attorney today. Having a lawyer by your side is essential. The lawyers here at Miracle Mile Law Group are trained at identifying what to look for when going up against your employer. These cases are very time sensitive so give us a call at (888) 244-0706 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation. Remember, we do not take a single dollar unless WE WIN!