Pregnancy Discrimination Claims In California Employment Law
Pregnancy is a huge milestone. But, it shouldn't be a hurdle in your life, including your job. In California, you cannot be discriminated against, wrongfully fired, harassed, and made to suffer unnecessarily for being a pregnant employee.
That said, here are your rights as a pregnant employee in California:
1. Because you are a pregnant employee, you have the right not to be discriminated against.
Employers with five or more employees are not allowed to discriminate against you based on sex under California law, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This includes discrimination because:
You're expecting a child
You were expecting a child
You have a pregnancy or childbirth-related medical problem
You're getting back on your feet after giving birth
You may become pregnant or plan to become pregnant
Furthermore, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 forbids discrimination against anyone who has had or plans to have abortions.
This means that your employer cannot fire you, refuse to give you a promotion to which you are otherwise entitled, demote you to a lower position, assign you to more menial chores, or force you to take a leave of absence due to any of the pregnancy-related reasons listed above.
If you've been discriminated against for pregnancy (or any status relating to such), hire a prescreened Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney in California ASAP.