Fight Back Against Pregnancy Discrimination
In the state of California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act protects employees who are pregnant from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Employers may not terminate, demote or otherwise discriminate against an employee because she is pregnant, or has requested or taken pregnancy leave. If such discrimination has taken place, victims may be able to obtain compensation for lost past and future wages, emotional distress, attorneys’ fees and other damages.
At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, we know the impact that discrimination can have on any individual, especially someone who is starting or is adding to her family. Our experienced employment law lawyers work hard to provide the protection our clients need when they are being discriminated against by their employers. We often represent longtime employees of large employers throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.
We Know The Law When It Comes To Pregnancy And Gender Discrimination
The California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law requires that employers in the state of California provide up to four months of leave for employees with pregnancy-related conditions, that can be taken all at once or intermittently. This law is applicable even if the employer’s policies do not grant similar benefits for employees suffering from other short-term disabilities.
After an employee has given birth, she may be entitled to an additional 12 weeks of leave under California law. There are certain criteria that the employee and employer have to meet in order for the employee to obtain this leave benefit, including hours and years of service and the size of the employer. If this criterion is met and the leave is not granted by the employer, they are in violation of the California Family Rights Act and may be subject to liability.
Contact The Rutten Law Firm, APC, For Help Today
Many cases of pregnancy discrimination are also cases of gender discrimination or violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, we will look at your entire situation, determine what laws your employer has broken and pursue your case accordingly.
If you have been denied your legal rights under federal or state employment laws and have been discriminated against by your employer, you need to consult with a Los Angeles, California, employment law attorney experienced with gender issues. Contact us online or call 818-308-5945 to learn about your rights under California employment law. We offer free initial consultations and take employment law cases on a contingency basis.