Can I Be Denied a Job Because I’m Pregnant?

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Being denied a job because you're pregnant
December 22, 2017

Discrimination laws are in place to protect employees and ensure their rights are protected. Unfortunately, discrimination comes in many different forms, including gender, race, sexual orientation, and political opinion. One of the most common types of discrimination we see take place in the workplace is a woman being denied a job because she is pregnant. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 was put in place in order to protect female employees from discrimination based on pregnancy. While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended in order to include this clause, we see discrimination based on pregnancy take place every single day.

Many people ask us if an employer can legally deny a person a job or promotion because of pregnancy, and the answer is no. If you are facing discrimination or harassment because you are pregnant, please contact Janovksy & Associates today. Attorney Janovsky has years of experience representing victims of workplace discrimination, including women discriminated against for being pregnant. It is absolutely illegal for an employer to discriminate against a woman based on pregnancy, and Attorney Janovsky is here to help you seek legal retribution. Both state and federal laws are in place to protect women against this type of discrimination, whether during the hiring or firing process or when a promotion is on the line.

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

 As you may have guessed at this point, pregnancy discrimination is an all-encompassing term that is used to describe any level of harassment or discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions associated with pregnancy. Some common examples of pregnancy discrimination include:

  • Refusing to hire
  • Fire
  • Probing a female job applicant to see if she has any intention of becoming pregnant
  • Demoting
  • Failure to promote
  • Changing job assignments

These are just a handful of common examples of discrimination based on pregnancy. This list is by no means exhaustive; if you have been harassed or treated poorly simply because you are pregnant, please contact Janovksy & Associates today.

What Are My Rights?

Job applicants and employees cannot be discriminated against because of their current pregnant status, a past pregnancy, or any related medical conditions. Similarly, employees cannot be fired or demoted after returning to work from maternity leave. In order to win a pregnancy discrimination case, you must be able to prove that you were treated in a negative manner based on your pregnancy. If you can show that your treatment differed from other employees who were not pregnant, you may have a discrimination lawsuit on your hands. At this point you will need to use facts, evidence, and witnesses to prove your employer harassed or discriminated against you because of your pregnancy. To learn more about your rights or how to proceed with a pregnancy discrimination case in Frisco, please contact Janovsky & Associates today.

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