Starting a family is a wonderful time in any couple’s life. Creating a life is a beautiful thing and not something for which you should not be discriminated against.
It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, a pregnant woman still experiences discrimination because of her condition. That’s why the pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, work hard to make sure your rights are protected.
Pregnancy Discrimination is Illegal
According to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, not only is it illegal to discriminate against a woman because of her pregnancy, but employers must provide disability and parenting leaves. In addition, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) states that discrimination based on current, past, or intended pregnancy is prohibited.
What is considered discrimination? Take a look at this article to learn more.
What About Parental Leave?
According to the FMLA, both male and female employees who have been working at least a year for an employer with 50 or more employees is allowed to take unpaid leave to care for a newborn or a recently adopted child. As to smaller companies, they may be required by state law to offer pregnancy or other disability leave.
It is illegal for your employer to deny you leave for a reasonable period of time. In addition, the employer cannot fire you because you are taking parental leave.
Cases that Our Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers Have Handled
Not only have Sanford Heisler Sharp lawyers won the largest gender discrimination case to ever go to trial, our employment lawyers are currently litigating several important pregnancy discrimination cases, such as:
- Several female sales representatives at a large pharmaceutical company were systematically discriminated against because of pregnancy.
- Female employees from one of the Big 4 accounting firms claim they were discriminated against because of pregnancy.
- Female employees at a large pharmaceutical company claim the firm refused to promote them as well as discriminated against them because they were pregnant and took maternity leave.
- Female employees of a public relations firm claim they were reassigned jobs following maternity leave.
Contact Sanford Heisler Sharp for Representation
If you are experiencing discrimination in the workplace because you are or were pregnant, it’s time to seek legal advice. Contact the employment lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP for an evaluation of your case.