Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978, pregnant employees must not be discriminated against in the workplace. However, the PDA only applies to companies with 15 or more employees. If you work at a company with less than 15 employees, you will need to look at your regional Department of Labor Women’s Bureau office to understand your rights. Under the PDA, you are protected from a variety of negative employment actions.
- Refusing to hire
- Pay cuts
- Discrimination regarding employment benefits
Discrimination in the workplace based on your pregnancy is strictly prohibited. This means your employer may not fire, demote, or treat you differently than other employees simply because you are pregnant. Furthermore, employers and other employees must not harass you in any way. If you have suffered discrimination, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer or others under the PDA to seek justice.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act provides several protections for pregnant workers. You cannot be fired for filing a complaint with the PDA. Furthermore, you must not be passed over for a promotion simply because you are pregnant. Employers are required to hold your job position open while you are out on maternity leave, and you also have the right to not tell your employer or potential employer that you are pregnant. Under the PDA guidelines, as long as you are able to perform the tasks the job requires, you should be able to work and be treated the same as other employees.
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At Mazaheri Law Firm, our employment lawyers represent clients who have suffered discrimination in the workplace. If you have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, we can help you file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to seek justice. Employers and other employees are prohibited from discriminating against you because you are pregnant. We can discuss your options and guide you through the process.
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