Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a woman (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Although pregnancy in the workplace is prohibited by law, some employers may still attempt to treat pregnant workers unfairly. Here are some signs of pregnancy disrimination to be aware about.
- Questions About Children During Interviews: During interviews, an employer isn’t allowed to ask questions regarding having or wanting children. If a hiring manager asks questions like, “Are you currently pregnant?” or “Do you plan on having kids in the future?”, be wary. These types of questions could indicate that an employer may not plan on hiring you if you have to take maternity leave.
- Refusal to Provide Reasonable Accommodations: Employers are required to provide reasonable work accommodations to pregnant employees. For example, you may need additional breaks or use a chair for a job generally performed while standing. If your employer refuses to give you these accommodations, you may be facing discrimination.
- Jokes About Lagging Behind at Work: When you are pregnant, you may not be able to perform certain work duties as quickly as you once did. This is perfectly normal and nothing you should be ashamed of. However, if your boss makes comments about you not being able to keep up, it is a cause for concern. Even if your employer makes these comments in a jokingly manner, it could indicate that he or she is planning on terminating you soon.
- Fewer Job Duties: If your employer reduces your job duties while you’re pregnant, you may assume at first that he or she is just trying to accommodate you. However, if you didn’t ask for a reduction in work duties, this may be worrisome.
- Denial of Promotions: If your employer hinted that you’re up for a promotion before you became pregnant and now they’re giving the promotion to someone else, it could be another sign of pregnancy discrimination.
- Termination Without a Clear Reason: If your job performance has been meeting your employer’s expectations, but you were still terminated, it may have to do with your pregnancy
What to Do If You’re Facing Discrimination
If you believe you are being discriminated against for your pregnancy at work, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible. It is unlawful to discriminate against an employee for being pregnant, and you shouldn’t have to stand for that kind of treatment. A lawyer can help you pursue a discrimination lawsuit against your employer and protect your legal rights.
If you are facing pregnancy discrimination, schedule a consultation with a qualified lawyer today. Call Roger Davie P.C. now!