Were you a victim of pregnancy discrimination in your workplace? Were you subject to unfair treatment in the workplace because of your pregnancy? If so, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit against your employer – based on both federal law and state law. You have rights as a pregnant employee. It is illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant employees, and they should be held accountable.
Without a doubt, you could have the right to file a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. If you have already considered your right to file a lawsuit, you might also have thought about the ability to recover compensation. Therefore, you might have some of the following questions:
- What is the average value of a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit?
- How much do pregnancy discrimination cases for settle for in court?
- How much could I be compensated if I suffered workplace pregnancy discrimination?
If you have any of these questions, it is important that you seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers here at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the information that you need to sue your employer for your pregnancy discrimination claim – and, of course, recover the highest payout possible.
If you are ready to discuss your claim with the experts here at our law firm, contact us today.
About Pregnancy Discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination can consist of unfair treatment in the workplace simply based on the fact that the employee is pregnant. Pregnancy discrimination can consist of being denied a raise, being denied accommodations, being demoted, being refused time off to go to medical appoints, and being terminated, for instance. All of these can result in the lost earnings, lost benefits, etc. If you were subjected to pregnancy discrimination, you might resonate with the following statements:
- I suffered wrongful termination after my boss found out I was pregnant.
- I was fired after my boss found out that I was pregnant.
- I was demoted from my position after pregnancy.
- I was denied a raise due to my pregnancy.
- I was not given accommodations during or after my pregnancy.
- My employer did not give me time off to go to pre-natal care.
- My employer did not give me leave after my pregnancy.
If you can identify with any of the statements listed above, then you were likely a victim of pregnancy discrimination. If you suffered discrimination in the workplace based on your pregnancy, it is important that you know that you have options. You could hold your employer accountable for the discrimination to which you were subjected.
Pregnant Employees are Protected by Law
Pregnant employees are protected by California Law. More specifically, the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers from discriminating their employees based on their pregnancy – including any requests associated with their pregnancy (like going on leave or even an accommodation). In addition to this protection, pregnant women are to be provided with up to four months of leave (given that they are disabled by either their pregnancy or any conditions directly related to their pregnancy); this protection is granted by the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law. Under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), a mother may be entitled to up to 12-weeks of leave off of work (after having the child).
What do these protections look like in action? Besides the obvious – keeping your job, being offered the same opportunities (like promotions, pay raises, etc.), not being subject to unfair treatment, etc. – these protections look like the following:
- Getting reasonable accommodations for any new medical needs caused by the pregnancy or related conditions, like a temporary modification of your work duties or schedule, allowing for extra breaks, providing you with a chair, for example.
- Transferring you to a different position if needed due to medical concerns (e.g., to a position where you will not have to lift heavy items or to a position where you will not be exposed to hazardous chemicals, etc.)
- Providing you with pregnancy leave
- Providing you with a location to express breast milk in private
If you were subject to pregnancy discrimination, you might not have experienced any of the points listed above; rather, your employer might have repeatedly shut you down and subjected you to unfair treatment. If so, it is important that you file a discrimination claim against your employer immediately.
The Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DFEH)
The DFEH is California’s employment agency. All employment claims, including pregnancy discrimination claims, must go through this agency first before any civil action is taken against the employer (claims could also alternatively go through the federal employment agency). To start the process against your employer, you must first file a report with the DFEH. You can do so either online, by mail, or by phone. You will need to provide the agency with all the facts, copies of documents, evidence, etc., the name and contact information of your employer/the company, and names and contact information of witnesses. The DFEH will investigate the situation and determine whether you were subjected to discrimination or not. If your employer violated employment laws, then the DFEH could take action against your employer. Of course, employees could pursue civil action against their employer; however, they must first be granted the right to sue from the DFEH.
Possible Claim Outcomes
If your pregnancy discrimination claim is successful, you could get a significant recovery. You could be compensated for medical care, for lost wages (due to demotions, termination, etc.), for lost benefits, for pain and suffering (mental and emotional anguish caused by the discrimination), for punitive damages, and for legal fees. In addition to monetary compensation, your pregnancy discrimination claim could result in policy changes in the workplace, new training requirements, etc.
What is the Average Value of Pregnancy Discrimination Claims?
Workplace discrimination claims, including pregnancy discrimination claims, tend to be high-value cases. It is important to note that the value of pregnancy discrimination cases is strictly based on the details surrounding the claim – like the type of work that the claimant does, her wage, the length of time that she was subject to pregnancy discrimination, etc. Although some pregnancy discrimination lawsuits can reach the $1 million dollar mark (and sometimes even pass this mark), the normal range tends to be anywhere from $250,000 to $750,000 depending on the facts. For more information about the average value of pregnancy discrimination claims, the best thing that you could do is speak with a lawyer. A lawyer can help you better understand your rights and the potential value of your pregnancy discrimination claim.
Contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group Today
Would you like to learn more about the average settlement value of pregnancy discrimination cases? Here at our law firm, our employment attorneys are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to sue your employer and fight for your right to a fair recovery after you were subject to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Our attorneys are completely dedicated to fighting for the rights of employees and holding negligent employers accountable for their discriminative actions. Our lawyers are ready to help you with your lawsuit.
We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address your concerns. You can be certain that our employment attorneys will provide you with all the information that you need to begin or even continue your pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal fees. In addition, our firm works on contingency, meaning that our clients will not be responsible for paying anything until they win. If you don’t win, you will not be responsible for legal fees.
Contact us today to learn more about filing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit as well as for more information surrounding average case values.