If you are pregnant or a new mother, you have important rights. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against women because of pregnancy. You cannot be fired because you are, were, or may become pregnant. You also cannot be forced to take a leave of absence because of your pregnancy so long as you can do your job. But, you are entitled to protected leave before and after your pregnancy.
Additionally, you have breastfeeding and lactation rights. Your employer must allow you to breastfeed or pump at work and should provide you with related accommodations like extra breaks and a private space.
Federal and State Laws Protect Pregnant Women and New Mothers from Discrimination
The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) forbid discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment. As a result, your employer cannot treat you unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Your employer also cannot create policies that have a notably negative impact on pregnant or breastfeeding employees.
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Protecting You From Pregnancy Discrimination
If you are a victim of pregnancy discrimination, the lawyers at California Civil Rights Law Group are ready to protect your civil rights. Call us at one of our offices in the San Francisco Bay Area at (415) 453-4740 or (510) 978-4880, or contact us by email to arrange a free consultation. With offices in Oakland and San Anselmo, we are conveniently close to those living throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area, including Alameda and San Francisco Counties.