Pregnancy discrimination resides at the intersection of traditional values and stereotypes. It can be one of the most damaging forms of gender discrimination, and it is all too common.
Pregnant women are entitled to federal Title VII protections under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which is part of the Civil Rights Act. They are also protected by California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which specifically forbids discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions.
Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers in Los Angeles
By law, pregnancy cannot be a factor in hiring, firing, compensation, access to promotions, layoffs or any other job-related action. If you believe that you have lost job opportunities or benefits due to pregnancy discrimination, the Law Offices of Rheuban & Gresen is here to help. For a free consultation with a Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination lawyer, contact us through email or call us at 818.815.2727.
Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination
There are many situations that may be considered pregnancy discrimination. For example, a hiring manager may refuse to hire a pregnant woman because she will have to take time off relatively early in her tenure. An employer may also refuse to hire a single mother, fearing that she will have difficulty balancing her workload with the care of her newborn baby.
Some employers may feel free to subject women to harassment because of their age when they had children, because of a divorce/separation, or due to any number of prejudicial opinions.
Employers have real incentives to hire women who are not likely to become pregnant. There are inconveniences when workers need to deal with child care or take family or maternity leave. For a small employer, a single pregnancy may be enough to change the cost equation for health insurance or other fringe benefits.
These inconveniences are simply not legally acceptable reasons to deny women equal access to job opportunities. The purpose of pregnancy discrimination laws is simple: to ensure that pregnant women are treated the same as everyone else in the workplace, with employment decisions based solely on their ability and performance.
Contact a Los Angeles Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney Today!
At the Los Angeles Law Offices of Rheuban & Gresen, workplace rights attorneys Steven Rheuban and Solomon Gresen have more than 40 years of combined experience protecting people facing gender discrimination. We know how to investigate allegations of pregnancy discrimination and how to build persuasive cases when we find it.
For a free consultation about suspected pregnancy discrimination, contact a lawyer at the Law Offices of Rheuban & Gresen. We accept all claims on a contingent fee basis — we collect no attorney's fees unless you win by settlement, judgment, award, etc.