Unfortunately, many women in the United States are discriminated against when they are looking for work because they are expecting a child or an employer fears they will become pregnant after being hired. Some women are treated unfairly by their current employer due to pregnancy concerns also.
Pregnancy discrimination is against the law. It occurs when women are not hired, fired, not promoted or are demoted because of pregnancy. It can also happen when an expectant mother is forced to stop working or take leave when they are able to continue working during their pregnancy, which can impact their pay and benefits.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes it illegal for employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against women because of pregnancy, childbirth or conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Sometimes discrimination takes place when an employer fails to provide an accommodation or sick leave to a pregnant employee as required by law. Much like a worker who is given a less strenuous job while they recover from an injury, employers are required to offer pregnant employees similar accommodations as necessary. If a co-worker is able to take paid sick leave, a pregnant worker has the right to take sick leave also when pregnancy interferes with their ability to work. And, for eligible employees, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for newborns with the guarantee that a job will be available upon return to work, which an employer must uphold.
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Pregnancy discrimination can have a negative affect on an employee’s ability to work when they need it the most. If you experience discrimination in the workplace,it is important to document details about the discrimination and discuss the problem with your supervisor. If the situation is not remedied, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of an experienced employment discrimination lawyer to discuss your options. Contact the Davenport, Iowa employment lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help with your work related issue today.