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What women should understand about pregnancy discrimination

Women in the workplace can face various forms of workplace discrimination and challenges that make it difficult to succeed in their careers. While there are many laws in place that protect the rights of women and prohibit employers from treating them unfairly, discrimination in California workplaces still happens. In fact, pregnancy discrimination is one of the most common forms of this type of illegal and unacceptable treatment.

As a woman, you understand that pregnancy will affect many areas of your life, but you have the right to search for employment and continue to work. If you experience mistreatment or inappropriate behavior from your employer because of your pregnancy, this could be discrimination. You have the right to fight back against discriminatory behaviors in the workplace.

Your rights as a pregnant woman

One of the first steps you can take to protect your rights is to fully understand the protections the law provides and what you can do if you experience mistreatment. One of the main things to understand is that employers and potential employers have to treat you the same as other employees. These are some of the things you need to know regarding your rights as a pregnant woman:

  • A potential employer cannot refuse to hire you because of your pregnancy as long as you can perform the major functions of your job.
  • An employer cannot use your pregnancy as a factor when making decisions related to layoffs, promotions, job assignments and more.
  • If your pregnancy does affect your ability to do your job at some point, your employer must treat you the same as other temporarily disabled employees.

If you experienced any type of discrimination at the hands of your employer because of your pregnancy, you have the right to fight back. There are both state and federal laws that protect the status of pregnant women, and if you are a victim, legal action may be appropriate.

How can you fight back?

One way you can fight back against discrimination in the workplace is to reach out for help. It may seem like a daunting prospect, but with help, you can fight back, protect your interests and hold appropriate parties accountable for discriminatory treatment.

If you believe your pregnancy has negatively affected your career, you do not have to face it alone. An employment law attorney can evaluate your situation and explain what options may be available to you.

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