If you were denied employment or lost your job because you were pregnant, you could have a valid claim against your employer for discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects pregnant employees from discrimination due to the fact they are pregnant or any related medical conditions. If you are suffering from discrimination or hostility in the workplace due to being pregnant, you need to speak with a Cincinnati pregnancy discrimination attorney.
At Coffman Legal, we have years of experience assisting Ohio clients with all their employment law needs, including pregnancy discrimination. Fortunately, women have rights and protections afforded to them under Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
If your pregnancy or complications from your pregnancy affect your ability to do your job, your employer is supposed to make reasonable accommodations for you to continue working through the pregnancy, or afterward. As an employee, you need to be open and upfront about your pregnancy with your employer, so you don’t give them the right to claim they were unaware of the pregnancy or that you were having medical complications. If you are experiencing difficulties with your employer or you have questions about pregnancy discrimination, let Coffman Legal help.
If you are employed by a company with more than 50 employees within a 75-mile radius, you may have additional protections afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act. Eligible employees could receive up to 12 weeks of job-protected time off. Your employer also has to maintain your health benefits as well. As an employee, if you request to take time off under FMLA and it is approved, your employer cannot retaliate against you either. They cannot interfere with your right to take time off under FMLA, nor can they fire you for that when you return.
It’s crucial to understand the applicable state and federal laws that protect you while you’re pregnant. There are also laws to protect you from being rejected for hire, demoted, fired, or other discipline types because you are pregnant. Employers cannot decide on their own that you are unable to perform your job because you are pregnant. They also must make reasonable accommodations for you so you can still complete your job while you’re pregnant.
If you believe you’re being discriminated against because you are pregnant or due to any complications from the pregnancy, then you need to speak with our experienced Cincinnati pregnancy discrimination lawyers right away. We can help guide you through the claims process and let you know what to expect when you pursue a claim against your employer. Contact Coffman Legal today to schedule an initial consultation, and let us put our skills and experience to work for you. You are entitled to certain rights and protections when you’re pregnant. If your employer is violating any of these, we will help you hold them accountable for pregnancy discrimination.