Employment Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer

Pregnancy discrimination involves the unfavorable treatment of women because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Laws like the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy in regards to any aspect of employment, such as hiring, firing, training, pay, promotions, job assignments, benefits, and any other term of employment.

With more than 60 years of collective experience, our federal pregnancy discrimination lawyers have a thorough understanding of the legal system to help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

If you are being discriminated against due to your pregnancy or childbirth, Pines Federal is dedicated to protecting your rights. Call (800) 801-0598 or fill out our online form today to learn how we can help you.

Pregnancy Workplace Laws

If a woman is temporarily unable to perform her duties because of her medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the employer must treat her with the same respect as other temporarily disabled employee. Further, impairments resulting from pregnancy can be considered as disabilities under the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA), which may force the employer to provide reasonable accommodation.

It is against the law to harass a woman due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to either one. Harassment in the workplace creates severe hostility which often results in adverse employment decisions, but there are several laws that protect pregnant persons.

In addition, the current administration is dedicated to strengthening protections for traditionally under-protected groups, as demonstrated by Executive Order 14035. This order reflects a commitment to equity and inclusion for certain communities, including pregnant persons, parents, and caregivers.

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 is a federal law that amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prevent discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. It applies to employers with 15 or more employees and prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, promotions, and benefits.

Under the PDA, pregnant employees must be treated the same as other employees with similar abilities or limitations. Essentially, employers must provide the same accommodations to pregnant workers as they would to temporarily disabled workers.

Discriminatory practices, such as refusing to hire a pregnant woman or forcing her to take leave if she can work, are prohibited. If you believe your employer violated this law, seek assistance from a federal pregnancy discrimination lawyer, like a member of the Pines Federal team.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects pregnant employees by covering pregnancy-related impairments that substantially limit major life activities. While pregnancy itself is not considered a disability under the ADA, conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and severe morning sickness can qualify as disabilities.

Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for these pregnancy-related disabilities, such as modified work schedules, more frequent breaks, or temporary reassignment to less strenuous tasks—unless doing so causes undue hardship to the business.

Additionally, the ADA prohibits discrimination and retaliation against employees based on these pregnancy-related disabilities, ensuring they receive the same treatment and opportunities as other employees with disabilities.

Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides job-protected leave for pregnant women, allowing up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for prenatal care, pregnancy complications, childbirth, and bonding with a newborn.

To be eligible, employees must have worked for their employer for at least 12 months and clocked at least 1,250 hours in the past year, and the employer must have 50 or more employees within 75 miles. 

New Protections Through the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) was signed into law in 2023. It enhances previous pregnancy protections by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions unless it causes undue hardship.

Unlike prior laws, the PWFA prohibits discrimination and retaliation related explicitly to pregnancy accommodations and offers uniform, nationwide standards for employers with 15 or more employees. Ultimately, the PWFA provides more transparent and stronger protections than the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Reasonable accommodations. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. This can include modifications such as more frequent breaks, temporary reassignment to less strenuous tasks, or providing seating.
  • Discrimination protection. The PWFA makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees or job applicants based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. This includes refusing to hire a pregnant applicant or forcing a pregnant employee to take leave if a reasonable accommodation could enable her to perform her job.
  • Retaliation protection. The law protects employees from retaliation for requesting or using accommodations for pregnancy or related conditions.
  • Health benefits. Employers must continue providing health benefits to employees during pregnancy-related leave on the same terms as if the employee were working.
  • Job security. After their leave or accommodation period ends, pregnant employees can retain their jobs or be reassigned to equivalent positions.

If you believe your rights under the PWFA have been violated, consulting federal pregnancy discrimination lawyers is crucial. Pines Federal Employment Attorneys can help you understand your rights and navigate the legal process to ensure you receive the protections and accommodations you are entitled to under the law.

How Can a Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney Help?

If you believe you’ve faced discrimination due to pregnancy, the right attorney can provide invaluable assistance. 

  • Expertise. Federal employment lawyers have a deep understanding of the law and can assess your case’s specifics to determine the best course of action.
  • Investigation. Your lawyer can thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your discrimination claim. This may involve gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing relevant documents to build a strong case.
  • Negotiation. Your lawyer can negotiate with your employer or their legal representatives to seek a resolution without going to court. They can advocate for your rights and push for a fair settlement that addresses your harm.
  • Litigation. If negotiations fail, your lawyer can argue on your behalf in court. 
  • Legal guidance. Throughout the process, your lawyer will provide legal advice and guidance, explaining your rights, options, and the potential outcomes at each stage.

A federal pregnancy discrimination law firm like Pines Federal can provide you with the specialized legal support you need to navigate a pregnancy discrimination claim and seek justice for the harm you’ve suffered.

Steps to Help Protect Your Rights

If you believe you’ve suffered pregnancy discrimination while on the job, here are some steps you can take to help protect your rights:

  • Document the discrimination. Keep a detailed record of any incidents related to the discrimination, including dates, times, individuals involved, and the nature of the discrimination.
  • Consult with a lawyer. Contact a federal employment lawyer to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
  • File a complaint. If informal resolution is not possible, consider filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a state fair employment practices agency.
  • Cooperate with investigations. If the EEOC or state agency investigates your charge, cooperate fully by providing requested information and attending interviews.
  • Consider legal action. If the investigation does not resolve the issue, your lawyer may recommend pursuing legal action through a lawsuit.

Taking these steps can help protect your rights and hold employers accountable. Consult a federal employment lawyer for pregnancy discrimination to see how they can provide you with the legal guidance and support you need throughout this process.

Contact an Experienced Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney Today

Our federal employment lawyers can review your case and determine all of your available legal options to get the justice you deserve. Do not risk enduring another day of work under these hostile conditions and get help from Pines Federal immediately.

Contact our firm online or call (800) 801-0598 today to request a confidential consultation.

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