Few things are more shameful than discriminating against an employee because of a pregnancy. Unfortunately, pregnancy is something that employers in California all too often seek to punish, judging by the ways they sometimes treat pregnant employees. That said, if you were discriminated against due to pregnancy, you should strongly consider speaking with a competent Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination lawyer from RD Law Group who can help you fight for your rights.
Pregnancy discrimination is virtually unthinkable, but unfortunately, it happens. Whether you were fired, demoted, harassed, or otherwise discriminated against as a result of your pregnancy, you shouldn’t have to face it alone. By speaking with a competent Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer from our firm today, you drastically improve your chances of getting the justice you deserve.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act oversees employee rights in our state, and it provides specific provisions for how employers must treat pregnant employees. To start, employers are required to provide pregnant employees with certain reasonable accommodations, which can include, but are not limited to:
Importantly, however, to receive reasonable accommodations, employees should provide their employers with a note from their doctor.
The CFRA is a state law that gives certain qualifying employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave within a 12-month period. Essentially, in accordance with the act, if you are a mother who recently had a child and you work for an employer with five or more employees and have worked for at least 12 months before the start of your leave date, you should be guaranteed 12 weeks of job-protected leave to bond with your child after giving birth.
The California Pregnancy Disability Leave Act gives qualifying employees the right to spend up to four months away from work on pregnancy disability leave, as long as they are employed at a company with five or more employees. The amount of time they’ve worked for the company is irrelevant. The Act covers employees who are dealing with postpartum depression, prenatal care, severe morning sickness, loss of a pregnancy, or even recovering from childbirth.
Many Californians also qualify for paid pregnancy leave under the state’s Paid Family Leave program, which gives pregnant employees disability insurance benefits for up to four weeks prior to delivery and up to eight weeks after delivery. The federal FMLA also gives certain qualifying employees the right to take pregnancy-related medical leave without fear of retaliation or termination.
Pregnancy discrimination can come in a variety of forms. Sometimes, pregnant workers are harassed or made to feel uncomfortable. In other cases, they may have their pay docked or find themselves demoted. In other cases, employers will fail to provide them with reasonable accommodations or deny their right to return to work at the same or substantially similar position after taking a leave of absence. In any case, if you were discriminated against due to pregnancy, RD Law Group is here to fight for the justice you deserve.
The bottom line is that it is both insulting and downright wrong to discriminate against a woman because of the simple fact that she is pregnant. If you are a victim of pregnancy discrimination, our firm is here to help. Contact RD Law Group today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.
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