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Dealing with pregnancy discrimination

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2016 | Workplace Discrimination

The United States law protects pregnant women from discrimination at the workplace. Recently, mothers have had problems going back to work after giving birth. The law prohibits employers from making any decisions regarding an employee based on whether they are pregnant. Women who understand their rights during and after pregnancy are less likely to have their rights violated by employers.

The federal government passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act to make sure employers do not mistreat pregnant women and mothers. The law encourages organizations to make sure pregnancy women are respected at the workplace. All companies who employ 15 or more employees must aid all pregnant employees and provide them with all the necessary requirements. Employers are prohibited from asking pregnancy related questions during interviews or while the employee is working for them.

Medical leaves are another thing of concern for women who are pregnant, or those who have just given birth. Disability pay or unpaid leave is a necessary requirement and employers must make sure all women can avail these holidays. Furthermore, if a pregnant woman feels she can handle the workload, the organization may not force her to take medical leave. Organizations are also bound to make sure employees return to the same position after medical and maternity leaves. They may however hire someone on a temporary basis to perform the same duties.

If you feel that your rights are being violated by your employer, it is advisable to contact an experienced employment lawyer. The attorney will go through the facts of your case and assist you in filing a complaint with the relevant authorities.


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