Many people associate pregnancy discrimination with an employer terminating an employee right after they inform them of the pregnancy. While that is obviously illegal, the truth is that pregnancy discrimination is much more nuanced than that. Many pregnant women may realize that something is wrong, but the employer could be very skilled at crouching and hiding their true actions. Even subtle discrimination is still illegal and could be grounds for a lawsuit.
There are a number of federal and state laws that protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination and guarantee their legal rights. They include:
Discrimination is not limited to firing an employee. For example, an employer could deny their employee the same accommodations that they give to other employees. There could also be other forms of subtle discrimination and mistreatment. Pregnant women could suddenly find their performance evaluations affected or be denied promotions that they expected and were due.
Employees need to be aware of the legal process if their rights have been violated. If they are suing for discrimination, they will first need to go through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Even before that, a pregnancy discrimination lawyer may help handle your matter informally with the company. Oftentimes, involving an attorney early on in the process could head off further issues.
Employees who file a discrimination lawsuit must prove that they were treated differently than other employees and that it was based on their pregnancy. If they are successfully about to show that, they could receive the following damages:
Pregnancy discrimination cases may involve a hard fight against an employer that does not want to pay for what they did. Many companies pull out all stops to win discrimination lawsuits. A pregnancy discrimination lawyer could help level the playing field when the company is trying to protect itself at all costs.
Employees who believe that their employer broke any one of the above laws need legal help immediately to protect themselves. Contact the attorneys at Minnis & Smallets immediately to start resolving the problem or to take firm action to get justice.