Orange County Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers

Some employers don't welcome your "baby news." They view a pregnant woman as a disruption and bonding leave as a frivolity or an expense. This attitude can lead to harassment, retaliation or even termination of employment.

Pregnancy status is a protected class under state and federal law, meaning employers may not discriminate against or harass women due to their pregnancy, intention to get pregnant or taking leave for pregnancy or baby bonding. Under California law, dads who take baby bonding leave are also protected.

At California Employment Counsel, APC, we have the experience to hold employers accountable for pregnancy discrimination and backlash. Our lawyers will pursue monetary compensation for your economic and emotional harm.

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California Law Protects New Mothers And Fathers

The Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) Law requires California employers with five or more employees to grant up to 17 weeks of leave for pregnancy-related disabilities or childbirth-related disabilities, in addition to any CFRA bonding leave.

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) requires employers with 50 or more employees to grant up to 12 weeks of job-protected family care and medical leave. This includes time off after a baby is born or after an adoption or foster care placement, for bonding with the child or for a newborn's serious health condition. This is not only for "maternity leave" — moms and dads can both take CFRA leave.

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations (including additional leave) after PDL and CFRA time is exhausted if the employee has an ongoing disability stemming from pregnancy or childbirth.

You may have a case for pregnancy discrimination following adverse action by an employer such as:

  • Firing you for getting pregnant or perceived pregnancy
  • Disciplinary action for pregnancy-related absence (e.g., morning sickness or prenatal care appointments)
  • Refusing reasonable accommodations for pregnancy
  • Denying pregnancy disability leave (PDL)
  • Denial or retaliation for baby bonding leave (CFRA)
  • Deducting pay or cutting benefits
  • Termination upon returning from leave

Were Your Pregnancy Or Parental Rights Violated?

Employment law is all we do, and we are known for our service and our results. We serve clients in Costa Mesa and throughout Orange County. Talk to our pregnancy discrimination attorneys in a free consultation. Contact us online or call 714-462-3017 or toll free at 866-545-2415.

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