While discrimination laws are most commonly thought of as preventing discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or disability, discrimination laws at the state and federal levels also prevent against pregnancy discrimination. If you are someone who has been discriminated against based on their pregnancy status, your rights have been violated. To learn more about Youngstown pregnancy discrimination, call our Youngstown pregnancy discrimination attorneys directly today.

What Is Pregnancy Discrimination and What Makes it Illegal?

Pregnancy discrimination refers to treating a woman differently in a work situation based on her status of being pregnant, giving birth, or any medical condition related to being pregnant or giving birth. Pregnancy discrimination is prevented by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA); pregnancy discrimination is also prohibited under Ohio’s Anti-Discrimination law.

Types of Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination can take many different forms. It may include:

  • Refusing to hire a pregnant person;
  • Firing a person who becomes pregnant;
  • Refusing to promote a pregnant person;
  • Laying off a pregnant person;
  • Reassigning a pregnant person to a different job; or
  • Harassing a pregnant person to the point where it creates a hostile work environment.

Another form of pregnancy discrimination comes in the form of denying a pregnant person reasonable accommodation if they have a medical condition from the pregnancy. For example, if a woman has been advised by her doctor to not perform certain work duties because of pregnancy or a medical condition related to the pregnancy, then her employer needs to provide reasonableaccommodation; failure to do so is an act of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Finally, note that pregnant people have rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Denying a woman a right to leave under the FMLA is illegal if she is otherwise entitled to it. And under the Fair Labor Standards Act, nursing mothers also have the right to express milk in the workplace.

Types of Remedies that May Be Available if You’ve Been Discriminated Against

If you have been discriminated against in the workplace as a result of your status as a pregnant person, your rights have been violated. By bringing forth a complaint, you may be able to seek certain legal remedies, including:

  • Reinstatement to your original position;
  • Promotion that you were wrongfully denied;
  • Back pay or front pay;
  • Compensation for any economic losses you suffered;
  • Legal fees and lawyer fees;
  • Compensation for the value of your noneconomic losses; and
  • Punitive damages in some cases.

Call Our Youngstown Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys Today

Being discriminated against as a pregnant person can be frustrating and isolating, and you may not know what to do. It’s important to understand that you have legal rights, including the right to file a discrimination complaint and seek compensation for the wrongdoing you’ve suffered. At the law office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Youngstown pregnancy discrimination attorneys have years of experience fighting for the rights of workers in the workplace like you. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, get in touch with us today.

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