Standing Up Against Pregnancy Discrimination
Learning that you’re pregnant is a wonderful thing for you and your family, but employers don’t always react with enthusiasm. Many bosses will find ways to retaliate against pregnant workers by denying family medical leave, assigning the job to another worker or making the working conditions unsafe or unbearable.
Is Your Boss Mad That You’re Pregnant?
If you are pregnant and feel that your employer isn’t protecting your workplace rights, it’s time to talk to an experienced employment law attorney. The Law Offices of Daniel Snyder is recognized as one of the Portland region’s prominent job discrimination and employment law firms protecting the rights of workers throughout northwest Oregon.
Pregnancy Discrimination Is Real
The law gives pregnant workers specific rights to family medical leave and additional considerations. If your employer is ignoring your rights, or making it difficult to pursue your rights, you have a reason to protect yourself. It may sound like a good idea to talk to your supervisor about the pregnancy discrimination problem, but it rarely is. Your supervisor gets paid by the same people you do. Your employer’s natural instinct will be to protect the company by withholding records and hiring a lawyer to defend it. Write down your grievance and talk to our firm as soon as possible.
Your Rights As A Pregnant Worker
Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent updated provisions over the years, women are afforded specific rights against:
- Refusing to hire because of pregnancy
- Firing or forcing to quit because of pregnancy
- Removing accrued retirement benefits or seniority because of maternity leave
- Firing for deciding to have an abortion
You have a right to file a pregnancy discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) if you have experienced any of these civil rights violations:
- Not hired specifically because you are pregnant
- Fired or laid off because of your pregnancy
- Turned down for promotion because you are pregnant
- Refused benefits because of your pregnancy
- Refused paid maternity leave or family medical leave