Canton Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney
When you eagerly anticipate the birth of your child, it can be intimidating and demoralizing to be the subject of pregnancy discrimination by your Ohio employer. Unfortunately, statistics from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) show that many employees are mistreated on account of pregnancy, which is a subset of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Over the last 10 years, almost 35,000 workers have filed EEOC charges alleging pregnancy discrimination, and this figure does not include the thousands who go through Ohio officials.
If you were the target of workplace discrimination on account of pregnancy, it is important to understand your rights and remedies. Our lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC can explain how the relevant laws protect employees, so please contact our office to set up a free consultation. One of our Canton pregnancy discrimination attorneys will advise you on details, but you might find it useful to review some basics.
Discrimination Laws Protect Pregnant Employees
Together, Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibit employers from treating employees differently because of a current pregnancy, plans to become pregnant, and medical conditions related to pregnancy. In addition:
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects pregnant employees by allowing them to take time off work for the birth of a child.
- Pregnant workers are also covered by the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations that allow disabled employees to perform job-related tasks.
Taking all of these laws into account, you should be aware of some examples of pregnancy discrimination. They include:
- Refusal to hire a pregnant job applicant;
- Terminating or demoting a worker who is pregnant;
- Denying the same or similar job to an employee upon return from pregnancy-related leave;
- Treating pregnant employees differently than other workers who are temporarily disabled; and
- Refusing to provide an employee with reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions.
Compensation in Pregnancy Discrimination Claims
There are multiple options for pursuing your employer for discrimination, since your remedies depend on which laws apply to the misconduct. You will be required to file a charge with the EEOC, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, or other state agencies before filing a lawsuit in court, a concept termed exhausting your administrative remedies. In some cases, you may be able to resolve your claim by agreement or through mediation.
Our Canton pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC will guide you through the process to ensure you receive fair compensation for:
- Back pay and front pay;
- Hiring or promotion;
- Reinstatement, if you were terminated;
- Damages for pain and suffering;
- Attorneys’ fees and court costs; and
- Many other losses.
Count on Our Canton Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys for Legal Help
This overview may be helpful, but the information is not a replacement for the skills and knowledge our team at Coffman Legal, LLC brings to the table. To learn more about our legal services in employment law, please contact us 614-949-1181 or visit our website. We can schedule a no-cost case evaluation with a Canton pregnancy discrimination lawyer who can explain your options.