Protecting Employee Rights and CareersDo you feel that you were denied a job, promotion or salary increase by your employer on the basis of your pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions? Or, do you feel you were terminated or demoted or receiving inadequate compensation by your employer based on your pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions? If so, there are laws that can protect your rights as an employee and provide monetary benefits if your employer is engaging in unlawful employment practices.
Year after year, there are many employees who are victims of pregnancy discrimination by their employers and awarded monetary benefits. In 2014, there were 3,400 charges alleging pregnancy discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Although some of these charges were dismissed, the EEOC collected $14.4 million in non-litigated matters and additional monies for litigated matters.
Federal and state laws make it unlawful for employers to make discriminatory decisions on the basis of pregnancy related to hiring, firing, demoting, promoting, compensating, and other terms and conditions of employment. These laws related to pregnancy discrimination are complex so it is best to get the opinion of an experienced attorney to help you understand your rights and potential actions you can take to address the unlawful practices of an employer.
If you think you are the victim of pregnancy discrimination, please feel free to call us at (312) 291-4628 or contact us online to discuss your workplace rights and options.