At one point in our society, pregnancy never disturbed the workplace, primarily because women were not allowed to work. Women were expected to stay at home and raise families. Today, women are expected to have careers and raise families – essentially finding a balance between their professional and family lives. Unfortunately, pregnancy is a common issue in the workplace. Women who become pregnant are often seen as unreliable and poor employees – especially because pregnancy normally requires the woman to take some time off work.
Although it is against the law, many women continue to suffer pregnancy discrimination. These women are being treated differently after informing their employers about their pregnancy. These women are being given undesirable tasks. These women are also being terminated because of their pregnancy. Were you fired after you gave birth? If so, you might have some of the following questions:
- Is pregnancy discrimination illegal?
- I was fired after I gave birth, do I have a case?
- I was fired after giving birth, can I sue?
- Do I have the right to file a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit?
- Could I file a wrongful termination lawsuit?
If you were left with any of the questions above after being fired for giving birth, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You should contact the employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of employment claims – including wrongful termination claims based on pregnancy. If you were fired after giving birth to your child, you might have grounds to take action against your employer. For more information, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our experts are ready to provide you with the legal assistance that you need to sue your employer.
Employment Laws Relevant to Pregnancy
Without a doubt, pregnant employees are protected by employment laws. After becoming pregnant, you should familiarize yourself with these laws:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex (pregnancy included).
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act – prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy (including childbirth or any other medical conditions directly related to pregnancy).
- Fair Employment and Housing Act – prohibits pregnancy discrimination in the workplace (California).
The laws above also make it illegal for employers to base any employment decision on pregnancy or childbirth, for example. If you would like to learn more about the specific laws that protect you from pregnancy discrimination – and wrongful termination on the basis of pregnancy – do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. Besides explaining these laws, our experts will also provide you with information about the laws that allow pregnant women to go on leave without having to fear to lose their jobs. Do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.
Do You Have a Case?
Do I have a case? Can I sue? Without a doubt, you have the right to take action against your employer if your rights were infringed. If your employer violated your rights in any way, you likely have a case. Consider the following example in which the employee likely has a case:
An employee becomes pregnant. She informs her boss that she will be going on maternity leave. The employer begins to treat the pregnant employee differently. She is given tasks that are out of her knowledge. When she questions why her boss is giving her such assignments, the employer complains that pregnant woman cannot be relied upon to complete even the simplest of tasks. As soon as the employer learns that the employee has given birth, the employee is fired – allegedly because of her work performance.
In the example above, the employee began dealing with workplace discrimination almost immediately after her employer learned about her pregnancy. After giving birth, the employer terminated the employee. Although the employer claimed that the termination was based on the employee’s work performance, it is likely that work performance was simply an excuse to cover up the true reason behind the termination. The employee was discriminated against and eventually terminated.
To learn more about whether you have a case if you were terminated after giving birth, do not hesitate to contact the employment experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible. Our employment attorneys are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to better understand your right to take action against your employer.
Your Options When Taking Action against Your Employer
Without a doubt, you have the right to take action against your employer if you were terminated after giving birth. What are your options? If you are interested in taking action against your employer after you were terminated based on your pregnancy, consider the following points:
- You have the right to file an employment charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is the federal employment agency that both oversees and enforces all federal employment laws. If your employer is subject to the EEOC laws, you could file a charge with this agency.
- You have the right to file an employment charge with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The DFEH is the Californian employment agency that oversees and enforces all state employment laws. If your employer is subject to the DFEH laws, you could file a charge with this agency.
- You have the right to file a civil lawsuit against your employer. You only have the right to file a civil lawsuit against your employer after expressly receiving the right to sue from either the EEOC or DFEH. After being granted the right to sue, you can contact an attorney and proceed with your claim.
If you would like to learn more about the options available to you after your employer terminated you based on giving birth, do not hesitate to contact the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible. Our pregnancy wrongful termination attorneys at our firm are ready to provide you with all the information that you need.
Your Right To Receive Compensation
Could you recover compensation after you were wrongfully terminated based on your pregnancy? A successful lawsuit will likely make you eligible to recover compensation. Without a doubt, monetary compensation could help you move forward from such an unfortunate experience, such as being terminated after giving birth. Although every claim is different, victims of wrongful termination based on pregnancy are likely to recover some of the following types of compensation:
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
If you would like more information about the specific type and amount of compensation that you could recover if your pregnancy wrongful termination claim is successful, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. The pregnancy employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are ready to fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. You should contact our law firm as soon as possible.
California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group
Did your employer terminate you after you gave birth? If your employer terminated you immediately after you gave birth, you likely have grounds to file a wrongful termination lawsuit. Are you considering the possibility of filing a lawsuit against your employer? If so, you must contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible. The employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are ready to provide you with the legal guidance necessary to take action against your employer. If you would like to discuss your claim with our employment attorneys, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
When you contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group, you could benefit from our free consultations and free second opinions. Our law firm offers these legal services at no cost to ensure that all victimized employees have access to our legal services. During our free consultations and free second opinions, the knowledgeable attorneys will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to ensure that you are ready to start or continue your claim against your employer. If you would like to schedule a free consultation or free second opinion, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable wrongful termination attorneys with experience in pregnancy discrimination are ready to effectively handle your claim and help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
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