Female employees fight for equality across the nation. While some strides have been made, the difference is treatment can be obviously seen at times. It is known that all women have the potential to bear children; however, some employees use an employee’s pregnancy as an excuse to alter their work assignment, transfer them or even demote or terminate them. Taking such action when an employee is pregnant is not only a form of discrimination but it is also illegal.
Although state and federal laws outline the rights afforded to pregnant employees, some employers clearly do not have patience, compassion or empathy when it comes to dealing with employees that are pregnant. At Bryant Whitten, LLP, our experienced law firm understands the difficulties and challenges such a situation can cause an employee. Thus, we are dedicated to helping employees in the Fresno area understand their rights and options.
Becoming pregnant is supposed to be a joyful time. Although not everyone will join in on celebrating the miracle of life, it is expected that an employee with treat a pregnant employee appropriately. This means not terminating or mistreating an employee just because they are pregnant, reprimanding an employee for going to a doctor’s appointment, refusing to make allowances for a pregnancy or forcing an employee to take sick leave, disability leave or maternity leave.
If an employer has committed such acts, it might be possible to hold them accountable. To learn more, check out our law firm’s pregnancy discrimination website. By becoming informed, an employee can take steps to protect themselves and their rights.