The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include pregnancy as a protected class. Under this law, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant women, mothers, and women who could become mothers in any way. Additionally, employers covered by the act must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees when they are asked to do so. Failure to provide reasonable accommodations is an act of pregnancy discrimination.
Some types of pregnancy discrimination are overt. Others are subtle. Examples of discrimination pregnant women can face in the workplace include:
You have the right to seek reasonable accommodations during your pregnancy, such as:
Document everything. This includes dated notes of face-to-face interactions where you are harassed or subjected to disparate treatment because of your pregnancy, like being excluded from a professional development opportunity or being passed over for a promotion. Bring your documentation to the company’s Human Resources department to rectify the situation.
If Human Resources cannot correct the problem, contact an experienced employment lawyer to discuss pursuing compensation for your related damages through a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The documentation you gathered to show Human Resources the treatment you faced is the evidence you can use to support your claim.
When you face pregnancy discrimination in your workplace, stand up for yourself and any other pregnant women who will work at the company in the future by filing a pregnancy discrimination claim. Contact our team of employment lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC today to set up your legal consultation in our office to discuss your rights and your legal options further.
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