Women who are pregnant have certain rights in the workplace. While, to some extent, pregnancy may impair one’s ability to do the job they did prior to becoming pregnant and will likely result in the need to take leave at some point, discriminating against a pregnant person is illegal. If you have been impacted by pregnancy discrimination, you have certain rights. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Cleveland pregnancy discrimination attorneys can help you. Call us today for your free consultation.

Types of Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Discriminating against a person because they are pregnant can take many forms in the workplace, and is illegal. A person may be discriminated against based on their pregnancy status in the following ways:

  • Harassment or sexual harassment. Teasing, bullying, and otherwise harassing or sexually harassing a person based on their pregnancy status is illegal when the harassment is so severe or frequent and pervasive that it creates an environment that a reasonable person would find hostile and intimidating.
  • Temporary disability accommodations. Pregnancy or a pregnancy-related medical condition may result in a person requiring accommodation in order to perform their work. For example, a pregnant person may need more frequent breaks, or may ask to sit rather than stand for their job. Under the law, an employer is required to provide reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation would cause the employer undue hardship, they are not required to provide it.

  • Employment decisions. An employer also cannot make employment decisions based on someone’s pregnancy status. For example, an employer cannot demote, fire, refuse to hire, layoff, deny benefits to, or make any other adverse employment decisions based on a person being pregnant or planning to be pregnant.

Your Rights if You’re a Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination

If you have been discriminated against as a pregnant person, you may not be fully aware of your rights or whether or not your rights have even been breached. What’s more, you may not know what options you have moving forward or whether or not there are any remedies available.

When a person is adversely impacted as a result of discrimination based on pregnancy, they have a right to file a complaint and seek damages. Damages might be economic in nature, which means that they are designed to compensate an employee for actual economic losses — such as back pay for wages lost. They may also be remedial in nature — for example, restoring an employee to the job they had before they were retaliated against. Finally, they might be noneconomic, which means that damages are intended to compensate an employee for the emotional distress they’ve experienced as a result of discrimination.

Call Our Cleveland Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers Today

If you have been discriminated against for being pregnant, our experienced Cleveland pregnancy discrimination attorneys at the office of Coffman Legal, LLC can help. Call our legal team directly today for your free consultation. We have years of experience and always put our clients’ best interests first.

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