A Guide to Pregnancy Discrimination in California

Updated: Mar 28

What you need to do if you've experienced pregnancy discrimination in the workplace


Discrimination against pregnancy includes treating a woman (an applicant or employee ) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy, or childbirth-related medical condition. Consulting with an Employment Lawyer in Los Angeles is always a good idea if you feel that you've experienced this type of Employment Discrimination in California.


Pregnancy Discrimination In California

Pregnancy Discrimination in The Workplace


The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits pregnancy-based discrimination in any area of jobs, including recruitment, dismissal, compensation, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment.


If your rights under these laws have been violated, consult with a Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles.


Pregnancy Discrimination in California


Suppose an employee in California is temporarily unable to do her job because of pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions. In that case, the employer must treat her in the same manner that any other temporarily disabled employee is treated. For instance, if it does so for other temporarily disabled workers, the employer can offer light duty, alternate assignments, FMLA leave, or unpaid leave to pregnant employees.


In addition, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), impairments arising from pregnancy (for example, gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, a disorder marked by pregnancy-induced hypertension and protein in the urine) can be impairments.


An employer will have to provide appropriate accommodation for a pregnancy-related disability, lack of undue hardship (significant difficulty or expense) (such as leave or adjustments that allow an employee to perform her job). The 2008 ADA Amendments Act makes demonstrating that a medical disorder is a protected disability much simpler.


Discrimination & Abuse During Pregnancy


Harassing an employee because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition connected with pregnancy or childbirth is unlawful. Harassment is unlawful when it is so regular or serious that it produces a hostile atmosphere or abusive work or when it leads to an adverse decision on jobs (such as the victim being fired or degraded). The harasser may be the boss of the victim, a boss in another field, a co-worker, or someone who, such as a client or customer, is not an employee of the employer. A good Los Angeles Employment Lawyer will