If you are experiencing discrimination in your workplace and you believe it is because you are pregnant, you do not have to deal with it on your own. It can be overwhelming to experience this type of treatment, but it may help to understand what counts as pregnancy discrimination and what legal options are available to you. The fact that you are pregnant has no bearing on your right to work and your ability to do your job well.
How can you know if you have a case?
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, making it illegal for an employer to treat a woman unfairly because of her pregnancy. Pregnant women are entitled to the same type of fair and reasonable treatment showed to other employees. Sometimes discrimination is subtle, and you may not be certain that what you are experiencing counts as discrimination. If you are experiencing the following mistreatment, you could be a victim:
- Your employer refused to promote you or is excluding from certain aspects of your job.
- A potential employer asked you inappropriate questions about your pregnancy or potential future pregnancies during an interview.
- Your employer's insurance plan does not cover pregnancy and pregnancy-related issues.
- Your employer demands that all women give notice of a pregnancy, even if it is not interfering with your ability to work.
- Your employer fired you after announcing a pregnancy or taking leave after giving birth.
If you are dealing with the above types of treatment or other actions that you suspect may be discriminatory, you may want to take immediate action to seek help and guidance. Legal options are available to you through which you can make the unfair treatment stop and hold your employer accountable.
Your rights at work
Your pregnancy should be a time of excitement, not stress and concern over the treatment you are receiving in the workplace. If you believe you are a victim, it may help to seek a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of the legal options available to you. An experienced employment law attorney can help you move forward with a claim, if appropriate.