Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is not uncommon. Discrimination may be claimed when a woman suffers an adverse employment action such as not getting hired, not being promoted, or being denied benefits because of an existing or a planned pregnancy. The first step in dealing with discrimination due to a pregnancy, childbirth, or related matters is knowing your rights.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies, labor organizations, and the federal government. The Act defines discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions is as unlawful sexual discrimination. It demands that women who are pregnant or affected by related conditions must be treated in the same way as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations. It means that your pregnancy should not interfere with your pay, your job assignments, your benefits, or really any aspect of your work life.
What to Do if You Suspect Pregnancy Discrimination
If you feel that you might be experiencing discrimination at work that is based on your pregnancy or your expressed desire to become pregnant, you will need to take ongoing detailed notes about the situation. Incidents to record include times, dates, what was said, and the place where the incident or conversation took place. Even if you only have detailed circumstantial evidence, you may still have a case.
You have rights when it comes to pregnancy discrimination. If you suspect you have been discriminated against due to a pregnancy or related condition, contact the Philadelphia pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. Our attorneys handle all aspects of pregnancy discrimination and we can help you. Call 215-569-1999 or complete our fast and easy online contact form for a free consultation. We are conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia and serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey.