Have you been the victim of harassment at your place of work that had something to do with your pregnancy? If you feel that the mistreatment you received warrants a response, the law supports you to take action.
Discrimination for pregnancy is against the law
The first thing you need to know is that workplace pregnancy discrimination is illegal. It is a crime at both the state and federal levels and carries serious penalties. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, was passed in order to prohibit unfair treatment for working women.
The legislation covers a wide range of situations. It prohibits women being assigned to certain types of jobs or work areas due to their pregnancy. Even if you are not currently pregnant, this law prohibits discrimination against you for simply being of childbearing age. It also protects you against suddenly being fired.
The PDA is a set of rules applicable to workplaces that employ 15 or more workers. If this doesn’t cover your own place of employment, you can still file a claim. You will need to contact your local Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. They can direct you to a state or local agency for further assistance.
You don’t have to accept pregnancy discrimination
Despite what your employer or manager may tell you, there is no reason for you to put up with discrimination in the workplace. It is illegal to discriminate against anyone due to their age, race, gender, religion, sexual preference or medical condition. It is likewise unlawful to fire you or limit your hours because of pregnancy.
One option in a situation like this is to file a claim in order to put a stop to it. You are always within your rights to do so. This is an issue that affects your own well-being as well as that of your family, so filing a discrimination claim may be able to help you get the justice you deserve.