Pasadena Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys
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Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP uses our firm’s renowned legal insight and extensive resources to help individuals fight back against all forms of pregnancy discrimination they experience at work.
We believe in defending our client's rights to earn a fair wage to provide for their families, so if you have been discriminated against because you are pregnant, plan to be pregnant, or have a medical condition related to your pregnancy, then please consult with our compassionate legal professionals to discuss the details of your situation.
The Pasadena pregnancy discrimination lawyers are here to help if you have experienced discrimination. Give us a call at (626) 775-7870 or complete our convenient online form to schedule your free case consultation.
What Laws Protect Pregnant Employees in California?
The following laws offer a variety of protection for pregnant employees in the state of California:
California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
The FEHA applies to all employers with five or more workers. Under the FEHA, employers must give their employees information about pregnancy leave rights and can not discriminate regarding privileges or job compensation because of a workers’ pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions.
California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
Under the CFRA, pregnant women have the right to take a reasonable leave (not to exceed four months) and use any available vacation leave during this period. It is illegal for an employer to refuse to maintain an employee’s pay to cover reasonable leave related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The PDA of 1978 is a federal law that bans employers from discriminating based on pregnancy. Since pregnancy is a protected class under the PDA, employers must provide reasonable accommodations as they would for health conditions, injuries, or disabilities.
What Is Considered Pregnancy Discrimination in California?
In California, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because they are pregnant, this includes being fired, demoted, or treated differently because you are pregnant or recently gave birth to a child.
The following are common examples of pregnancy discrimination you might encounter in the workplace:
- Refusal to Hire: Companies can’t refuse to hire someone for a position they qualify for because they are pregnant or just gave birth.
- Firing: If you have proof that you were fired from your job for pregnancy-related reasons and not performance problems or insubordination, then you can file a discrimination lawsuit.
- Harassment: Have you endured intimidation, insults, or harassing comments because you need to pump breast milk at work? Does your boss no longer let you participate in corporate activities because you are pregnant? If so, you might have a case for a hostile work environment arising from harassment.
- Denying Reasonable Accommodations: If a pregnant employee requests reasonable accommodations, then the employer must attempt to make the accommodations if it wouldn’t cause undue hardship. Examples of reasonable accommodations include providing a different workstation or changing a schedule due to morning sickness. If your employer denies your requests for reasonable accommodations in the workplace, you might have a pregnancy discrimination claim.
- Denying FMLA Leave: The Family Medical Leave Act grants certain rights to employees during pregnancy and after childbirth. All non-exempt employers must allow employees to use their sick leave before using other types of leave for any medical condition related to their pregnancy. Employers must also allow the pregnant employee to return to the same or similar job after they return from maternity leave.
30+ Years of Litigation Experience
At Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP, our proven, award-winning attorneys take great pride in our reputation for being a longstanding and reliable resource for victims of discrimination.
We treat every potential client with the respect they deserve, and we understand that your objectives almost certainly involve protecting your privacy and future. That is why we will discreetly and effectively build the right legal strategy to help you expose the unlawful practices of your employer.