Houston Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers
Protecting Employees in Texas and Across the Nation
If a pregnant woman is not hired or is passed up for a promotion in favor of a non-pregnant person ... when an expectant mother is denied benefits, disability leave, or FMLA leave ... when a mother on maternity leave is fired or loses her position ... an employer may be discriminating based on pregnancy. To talk with attorneys experienced in investigating pregnancy discrimination cases, contact SLS in Houston.
Pregnancy discrimination is a form of gender discrimination in the workplace, and it violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These federal laws prohibit discrimination based on gender, sex, and pregnancy, and they are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, unlawful discrimination includes:
- Discrimination in hiring, promotions, or issuing health insurance or fringe benefits on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions;
- Refusal to hire a pregnant woman because of her pregnancy, a pregnancy-related condition, or the prejudices of co-workers, clients, or customers;
- Refusal to give the same considerations to workers temporarily disabled by pregnancy as given to other workers temporarily disabled, such as allowing modification of tasks or alternative assignments; and
- Prohibiting an employee from returning to work for a predetermined length of time after childbirth
(Source: www.eeoc.gov )
Under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) law, "an eligible employee shall be entitled to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period . . . because of the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and in order to care for such son or daughter." If you have been denied your employee rights under FMLA law, or if you have been denied maternity leave or temporary disability leave, contact the pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Shellist|Lazarz|Slobin.
At SLS we are advocates who are dedicated to protecting employee's civil rights. Our Houston employment law attorneys have 50 years of combined experience in handling investigations and lawsuits regarding pregnancy and sex discrimination in the workplace in Texas and throughout the United States. We thoroughly investigate pregnancy discrimination cases and claims of violations of FMLA laws in order to remedy current discrimination and prevent future discrimination.
If you suffered pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination for filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC, or other unlawful gender or sex discrimination in the workplace, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an initial consultation.