More households than ever rely on a woman's salary to help keep bills paid and food on the table. This has resulted in women continuing to work while pregnant and later into a pregnancy.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects women from pregnancy discrimination or harassment. As far as the law is concerned, a woman should not have to choose between her job and becoming a mother. Examples of pregnancy discrimination include:
- A woman is refused a job solely because she is pregnant
- A woman is denied a promotion or is demoted because of a pregnancy
- A woman is fired or laid off because of a pregnancy
- An employer denies pregnancy leave to an employee experiencing a high-risk pregnancy
- An employer denies or interferes with pregnancy-related disability leave
- An employer does not allow a pregnant woman to attend doctor's appointments during work hours
At the law office of Adam M. Porter in Birmingham, Alabama, I advocate aggressively on behalf of women who have been discriminated against because of their pregnancy.
Alabama Mothers' Rights Attorney
Employers often seek to avoid liability by claiming that an employee did not use the company's formal complaint procedure. If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, it is important to take the following steps:
- Keep track of every instance of pregnancy-based discrimination. Write down the details and be sure to keep a copy in your records in case you decide to file a complaint or sue your company.
- Speak with your supervisor or an HR representative and follow your company's grievance procedures.
- Find out whether any co-workers had similar problems when they were pregnant.
If the company fails to take satisfactory action to resolve the problem, you may file charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will investigate your case and may take action itself or provide you a "notice of right to sue" your employer.
I have advocated aggressively for more than 25 years on behalf of individuals who have faced workplace discrimination or harassment. I offer a free consultation in which I can review the facts of your case and help you determine the cost and time of filing a lawsuit. I can explain the legal procedures and guide you through the proper steps to take.
Schedule A No-Obligation Meeting With A Birmingham Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney
To meet with a lawyer to discuss your options regarding pregnancy discrimination or any workplace discrimination or harassment, email me or call 205-588-2261.