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The unlawful discrimination against pregnant women is an issue that often arises in the workplace, and consequently, the laws prohibiting such discrimination are centered around employment law and generally administered through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Laws such as the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, mandate that it is illegal for an employer to treat a pregnant woman differently than it would treat any other temporarily disabled employee when it comes to leaves of absence, job assignment, accommodation, and benefits such as health insurance. Harassment of pregnant women while on the job is also prohibited.
Further, courts have ruled that female employees who are unmarried and pregnant or made pregnant by artificial or in vitro insemination cannot be fired because their pregnancies offend the moral or religious beliefs of the employer. The Family Medical Leave Act additionally protects pregnant women by granting the right to express milk in the workplace.
If you believe you have been discriminated against at your place of employment because you are pregnant, an attorney experienced in employment discrimination can help you.
Your attorney can advise you on your options of filing a complaint with the EEOC the Department of Labor, or your state Equal Employment Opportunity office, sue your employer in court, or resolve the matter in arbitration. And, your attorney can negotiate on your behalf directly with your employer or its representative to ensure your right to fair employment is upheld.
Women who have successfully brought legal action against their employers for pregnancy discrimination have been awarded monetary damages, and in some instances employers have been required to change their unfair policies.