Pregnancy discrimination details the wrongful treatment of a woman because of her pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to her pregnancy.
Many women are unaware of the fact that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is in place to protect them against discrimination due to pregnancy regarding any aspect of employment, including: hiring, firing, job responsibilities, pay, layoff, promotions, benefits, and training.
In the event that a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job duties as a result of a pregnancy related medical condition, the employer is required to continue to treat her in the same manner as any other temporarily disabled worker.
Pregnancy and Maternity Leave
Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, an employer that allows a temporarily disabled employee to take leave without pay is required to do the same for a temporary disability due to pregnancy. In other words, employers do not have the right to single out somebody because of a pregnancy related condition.
Additionally, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is in place to give eligible people 12 weeks of leave (either paid or unpaid) that can be used for the care of a new child. To be eligible for this, the employee must have worked for the company for at least 12 months. The employer must also have a particular number of employees.
Have you been a Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination?
Have you been discriminated against at work as a result of your pregnancy? If so, you have rights that need protected. Contact a Virginia employment attorney to setup a consultation.