The law firm at Hennig Ruiz offers a team of highly regarded Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys that specializes in representing victims protected under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These federal laws along with similar state laws of California prohibit both private and government employers from engaging in pregnancy-related discrimination in regards to the hiring, compensation, promotion, or termination of employees.
The anti-discrimination laws of California are among the most restrictive in the entire nation, further stating that pregnant employees are entitled to “take leave for a reasonable period of time, not to exceed four month” after the birth of the child. The Hennig Ruiz Law Firm represents employees who have become victims of pregnancy and maternity discrimination by providing rigorous advocacy and the highest levels of protection of your inalienable rights under the law.
What is “Pregnancy Discrimination?”
Being pregnant with a child should be a cause for celebration, but it can also be accompanied by a certain level of extra stress. Expectant mothers often experience morning sickness along with minor aches and discomfort, and then there is sometimes the extra worry of unwanted financial strain. Adding to this list of life changes is the regular doctors’ visits throughout the pregnancy. The last thing that you need is to worry about whether or not you will have the ability to support your child after the birth.
Pregnancy-related discrimination can take many forms. Employers, supervisors, and even co-workers often discriminate for a variety of personal reasons and biases. Some many feel that expectant mothers are not pulling their weight at the office. Others are prejudiced against working mothers, in general, believing that all mothers should stay home with the kids. But women should not be forced to deal with any form of negative discriminatory or retaliatory action from others in the workplace, including:
- Termination of Employment during the Pregnancy or after the Birth
- Denial of Promotions
- Denial of Maternity Leave
- Denial of Company Training Programs
- Denial of Adequate Time off for Medical Needs
- Denial to Provide Adequate Working Accommodations for Pregnant Employees
- Refusal to Transfer Pregnant Employees to Less Strenuous Positions if one Exists
- Failure to Supply a Position of Employment upon Return from Maternity Leave
- Other Hostile Work Environments
California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law
In California, state and federal laws protect pregnant women, and allow for maternity leave, pregnancy disability leave, and post pregnancy leave. For example, the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”) requires California employers to provide up to four (4) months of leave for employees actually disabled by pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. Once the employee has given birth she may be entitled to an additional 12-weeks of leave “for the reason of the birth of a child” under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”). Entitlement to CFRA leave for the birth of a child depends on 1) whether the employer employs more than 50 employees within a seventy five mile radius; and 2) whether the employee worked more than 1,250 hours in the 12 months preceding the first day of the requested CFRA leave or any pregnancy disability leave and 3) whether the employee has more than one year of service with the employer. An employee must meet all of these requirements in order to be a qualified employee under the CFRA.
If you are a victim of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, call Hennig Ruiz today. It is critically important that you have an experienced and qualified Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer on your side. Our attorneys will work closely with you to ensure that you completely understand your rights under the law. We will work tirelessly to secure the highest levels of compensation for your losses, pain, and suffering. We will ensure that your ability to secure future employment is no longer compromised by the unlawful actions taken by a previous employer.
Are you a victim of pregnancy discrimination?
If you believe that you have become a victim of employee discrimination in the Greater Los Angeles area, Hennig Ruiz always recommends that you first follow your employer’s internal policies and procedures for making such a claim. Make sure to document the entire process thoroughly. This discriminatory documentation may become key evidence in a future court trial.
In cases where you have been terminated either during the pregnancy or upon return from maternity leave due to pregnancy related discrimination, please contact Hennig Ruiz immediately for a free consultation. No California employer may terminate, harass, or mistreat an employee based on pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Our team of highly experienced Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys will help you to stand up for your rights and fight for the financial compensation that you so richly deserve.