After decades of fighting for equal employment opportunities, women may be climbing the corporate ladder just as fast as men, but staying at the top may not be as easy. The laws against sexual discrimination in the work force are clear, yet women are still experiencing job loss and limited job opportunities due to pregnancy. The Pennsylvania pregnancy discrimination Attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates want to make sure that you do not face unfair treatment in the workplace just because you become pregnant.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, or national origin. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 mandates that an employer with 15 or more employees must treat a pregnant worker like any other employee that becomes temporarily disabled due to illness or injury. All policies regarding health insurance, paid family or disability leave, and continuation of employment offered in their benefits package must include pregnant employees as well. Even with this law in effect, the Washington Post recently reported that job discrimination complaints filed by pregnant women rose 23% in the last six years. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received almost 6,000 pregnancy discrimination complaints last year alone.
Pregnancy Discrimination and Sexual Discrimination in Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia pregnancy discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates understand the problems that can occur in the workplace when a woman confirms her pregnancy. Employers may begin to question the pregnant woman’s ability to perform her job-related duties, or fear that she will become a liability to the company. In some cases, women that suffer pregnancy related health conditions are forced to take unpaid leave, and then find that their position had been filled when they are able to return to their job.
This type of treatment is unfair and unlawful. Statistics show that women are working to full capacity throughout their pregnancy, and often return to work within weeks of giving birth. Under the law, these women are entitled to the same treatment and benefits that any other employee is granted when they are temporarily disabled. To do otherwise is in direct violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Moreover, pregnancy discrimination is a form of sexual discrimination, and as such, employers cannot withhold employment, or terminate employment based on a woman’s pregnancy any more than they can terminate someone based on their sex, race, religion, or national origin.
Pregnancy Discrimination Can Cost You More than Your Job
Victims of pregnancy discrimination face the loss of wages, health insurance, and in some cases, their job. When this happens, the employee faces a financial crisis that could put them in a desperate situation. Medical expenses related to pregnancy can quickly overwhelm a family if health insurance benefits are terminated. Mortgages, car payments, and living expenses continue when a pregnant woman loses her job or is forced to take an unpaid leave. Although pregnancy discrimination affects women of all professional backgrounds, it is most common among low wage earners and many find themselves relying on public assistance programs until they can find new jobs.
The Philadelphia pregnancy discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates recognize these hardships and are dedicated to helping you recover lost wages, potential earnings pursuant to your employment contract, and punitive and other compensatory damages, as well as legal fees. The process can be overwhelming, but our experienced team of employment law attorneys will work with you to ensure that your rights are protected as outlined in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Sidney L. Gold & Associates are Philadelphia’s Premier Pregnancy Discrimination Firm
If you have faced discrimination based on pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, call us today for a free consultation. We will review the evidence in your case, advise you on how to proceed, and work to get you the compensation you deserve. The pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates have offices in Philadelphia and serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Let our knowledgeable, experienced employment law attorneys help you claim what you are entitled by law to receive. Call us today at 215-569-1999 for a free consultation or contact us online.