Women face discrimination in the workplace based on their sex on a scale that’s shocking. As a result, women typically earn significantly less than their male counterparts. Further, there is a “glass ceiling” that prevents women from reaching the top levels of business management. Some refer to this as “the old boys network.” The forms that this discrimination might take are subtle. The impact of this discrimination against women can be gradual.
Working mothers or mothers to be are often dealing with a lot of stress from pregnancy. They are frequently excited about the prospect of being a mother, or once again a mother, but they are worried about the reaction of management to their disclosure of their pregnancy might have on their relationship with their employers. They are also worried that they will lose their jobs if they miss work because of medical conditions related to their pregnancy, and missing work because of medical appointments.
The emotional and physical challenges associated with pregnancy can be challenging. However, women who are subjected to negative treatment at work because of their pregnancy, or because they have medical needs due to their pregnancy, can be overwhelmed by a sense of anger, injustice, and fear.
Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous and exciting period in a woman’s life. Awaiting the arrival of a new child should be nine months of excitement and anticipation. It should not be a time of stress due to hostility and harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, many pregnant women are treated differently at work. In many cases, this treatment is illegal.
Are You The Victim Of Pregnancy Discrimination?
Typically, pregnancy discrimination is subtle. You might notice a peculiar reaction from your manager when you first disclose the pregnancy. Subsequent to the disclosure, you might sense your manager is aloof, more critical of your job performance, or more demanding with respect to your workload and assignments. Sometimes, the managers, or your co-workers, might actually make negative comments to you about your pregnancy, the impact of your upcoming leave from work, or the increased work burdens they are facing because of your approved medical absences from work due to your pregnancy.
Frequently, employers terminate employees while they are on pregnancy leave, replacing them with workers who don’t have medical needs, and who are available immediately to perform the job functions previously performed by the pregnant woman. In other instances, women who have just delivered their babies, and returned to work, are put on performance improvement plans, and then terminated based on “poor” job performance.
If any of this seems familiar, and if you believe that your job has been negatively impacted because of your pregnancy, please call the experienced pregnancy lawyers at The Law Offices of Daniel Feder at 415-391-9476 or contact us online.
What Can I Do About Pregnancy Discrimination At Work?
If you have faced discrimination in the workplace due to being pregnant, TThe Law Offices of Daniel Feder is here to help. Our Northern California law firm has a specific focus on employment law for employees. Mr. Feder has helped many victimized mothers obtain justice and compensation for the illegal treatment they received at work. This includes many cases of pregnancy discrimination. The Law Offices of Daniel Feder obtained one of the largest verdicts ever recorded in the state of California in a pregnancy discrimination case of more than $4 million dollars. Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of employment laws, pregnancy discrimination laws, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Backed by more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Feder knows what evidence is necessary to support a winning claim, and how these laws can protect our clients.
California Pregnancy Disability Rights
Pregnant women frequently suffer from medical conditions related to their pregnancy. These can include morning sickness, preeclampsia, and bleeding. An employer cannot discriminate against women who are suffering from conditions relating to their pregnancy.
The Sooner You Contact Our Law Firm The Better
Timing can be important in employment law cases. You only have a certain period of time to file a discrimination case against your employer. After that time period expires, you will forfeit all of your rights. As time passes, witnesses forget key facts, and documents are lost or are destroyed. Consequently, just as soon as you are victimized in the workplace, contact our San Francisco pregnancy discrimination attorneys to discuss your legal options. We will evaluate your case, and help you file and win a lawsuit against your employer.
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