If a pregnant woman is not hired or is passed up for a promotion in favor of a non-pregnant woman—or if an expectant mother is denied benefits, disability leave, or Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave—or 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 Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP 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). A Houston employment lawyer from our team at Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP can explain your rights under these federal laws, and represent you in a pregnancy discrimination claim.
Under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), “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, or if you have been denied maternity leave or temporary disability leave, contact the pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP.
By law, discrimination based on one’s pregnancy is illegal, just as discrimination based on one’s age, race, gender, religion, or other personal characteristics is illegal. This means you have the right to file a lawsuit if you have suffered pregnancy discrimination. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 provides legal protections for pregnant employees. If you have experienced harassment or negative employment actions simply because you are pregnant, our firm can help you seek justice.
If you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination at work, you should:
Discrimination can take many forms. You may be harassed by your employer or other employees, or you may suffer negative employment actions such as being demoted, passed up for a promotion, or fired. If you have suffered pregnancy discrimination, you must act quickly to file a claim and gather evidence to build your case.
At Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP, we are advocates who are dedicated to protecting employees’ civil rights. Our Houston employment law attorneys have 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. Our employment law team can help.
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