Oakland Pregnancy Discrimination
One of the most prevalent forms of discrimination in society is discrimination against pregnant women employees. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is illegal. Pregnant women have legally enforceable rights, even though some employers seem to resent having to accommodate their pregnant employees. Many employers think that pregnant women should not be working at all, and they subtly or not so subtly suggest to the pregnant employee that she “does not need to be here.” The employer will tell the employee, “Wouldn’t you rather be at home?” hoping that the employee will simply quit her job.
Frequently pregnancy discrimination occurs when the employer denies the employee accommodations such as the right to time off for doctor visits or a reduced work schedule. The most direct form of pregnancy discrimination is where an employer fires an employee when they find out she is pregnant, simply for being pregnant.
Pregnant women should not have to choose between their job and their pregnancy. When you are pregnant, you are not asking for special favors, just the rights guaranteed to you by law.
All pregnant employees are eligible for an unpaid pregnancy disability leave due to pregnancy-related disabilities, childbirth or related medical conditions for up to four months. They may also be eligible to transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position, or be given modified job duties if such a transfer or reassignment is medically advisable and can be reasonably accommodated.
Pregnant employees who have been with their employer for 12 consecutive months, with at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months prior to the first date of leave, are also eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, even if they are not disabled from their pregnancy. In California, employees are also entitled to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for the birth of a child, for bonding with a new child, or for an adoption or foster care placement.
Bay Area Pregnancy Leave Discrimination Lawyer — No Charge Until You Win
Pregnancy discrimination is illegal and unacceptable. Attorney Felicia Curran is committed to standing up for pregnant women’s rights, and she does not accept the employer’s excuses for breaking the law. Retain the Law Offices of Felicia C. Curran, in Oakland, and she will be your advocate in any case involving pregnancy or childbirth discrimination. No charge until you win.