Orange County Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers

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

You should not have to face that during your pregnancy. 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.

Examples Of Pregnancy Discrimination

Discrimination of all kinds can be insidious. It is important to recognize the signs of pregnancy discrimination. You may have a case for pregnancy discrimination if your employer has done something like:

  • Fire you for getting pregnant or perceived pregnancy
  • Impose disciplinary action for pregnancy-related absence (e.g., morning sickness or prenatal care appointments)
  • Refuse reasonable accommodations for pregnancy
  • Deny pregnancy disability leave
  • Deny a request for or retaliate against taking baby bonding leave
  • Deduct pay or cut benefits
  • Fire you upon returning from leave

These actions all violate California laws in place to protect pregnant women and new parents.

California Law Protects You

Being pregnant places you in a protected class under state and federal law, meaning employers may not discriminate against or harass you due to your pregnancy, intention to get pregnant or intention to take leave for pregnancy or baby bonding. California law also protects dads who take baby bonding leave.

There are several laws you should know about if you are facing pregnancy discrimination:

  • Pregnancy disability leave (PDL) law. This 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 bonding leave.
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA). This 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. The purpose of this time is bonding with the child or for taking care of a newborn's serious health condition. This is not only for "maternity leave" — moms and dads can both take CFRA leave.
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This requires employers to make reasonable accommodations (including additional leave) for time away from work after PDL and CFRA time is exhausted, if the employee has an ongoing disability stemming from pregnancy or childbirth.

By understanding these laws, you can understand your rights in California.

Were Your Pregnancy Or Parental Rights Violated?

You should be able to focus on your impending parenthood without worrying about your job. If your rights have been violated, call California Employment Counsel, APC. Employment law is all we do, and we are known for our service and our results. You can talk to our pregnancy discrimination attorneys in a free consultation. Contact us online or call 714-462-3641 to reach our Costa Mesa office. We serve clients throughout Orange County and beyond.

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