Pregnancy Discrimination

Bronx Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys

Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law has established itself as a leading pregnancy discrimination law firm, having defended numerous victims of gender discrimination in the Bronx. We are dedicated to defending victims of workplace discrimination based on protected characteristics. Pregnancy discrimination is a common form of gender discrimination. 

Call (866) 229-9441 to speak to our pregnancy discrimination lawyers in the Bronx.

Pregnancy Discrimination is Everywhere

Pregnancy discrimination refers to the disparate treatment of women based on their pregnancy status. It affects women in a wide variety of workplaces, from Wall Street to Main Street and beyond. 

Two women filed pregnancy discrimination claims against Wall Street banks, claiming they were either demoted or fired after returning from maternity leave. One manager asked an expectant mother if she planned to be a “career mom” or “mom mom” and made her pregnancy the butt of office jokes. When a female Syracuse police officer complained of such harassing behavior, the department turned around and accused her of misconduct after conducting a sham investigation of her behalf. Two other women obtained punitive damages against a medical clinic in South Dakota after management discharged them because of their pregnancies. One manager told the expectant mother that the company would hire a temp while she was on maternity leave but decided to fire her instead. 

Our Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys Can Help

Pregnancy discrimination permeates every level of employment and appears to be on the rise. Over the last decade, the number of pregnancy discrimination complaints received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) increased by approximately 47%. During that time, the EEOC collected more than $160 million in monetary settlements on behalf of pregnancy discrimination victims. The EEOC received more than 6,000 complaints in 2010 alone. Pregnancy discrimination is based on outdated gender stereotypes and the notion that being a mother and productive worker are mutually exclusive. Working mothers are expected to fulfill their familial duties at the expense of their careers and are often penalized when they try to balance both. This bias is reflected in a wide range of discriminatory behavior that denies pregnant women equal employment opportunities and often derails their careers. Our attorneys handle pregnancy discrimination cases in the Bronx and the New York City area. Our consultations are free, and there is no fee unless we recover compensation for you. 

Call and speak to our Bronx pregnancy discrimination attorneys at (866) 229-9441.

Various Laws Protect You from Pregnancy Discrimination

Federal and state laws protect workers against pregnancy discrimination. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The PDA is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, birth, or related medical conditions. Under this law, no employer may fire or refuse to hire a woman simply because she is pregnant. Further, pregnant employees must be permitted to work as long as they are able to perform their jobs. So, if an employee has been absent from work as a result of a pregnancy-related condition and recovers, the employer cannot make her stay on leave until the baby’s birth. Rules that prohibit an employee from returning to work for a predetermined length of time after childbirth are illegal. Our attorneys can protect you from illegal pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

We handle FMLA claims. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) grants male and female employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave to birth and care for a child. Parents who adopt or take in a foster child get the same benefits under this law. For employees who are not FMLA or PDA-eligible, New York State law covers smaller companies with less than 15 employees, reaching more pregnant employees than Title VII. 

Look For Help if You Are a Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination

If your employer treats you differently because you are pregnant, contact our experienced Bronx pregnancy discrimination attorneys for help. Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law has successfully handled many workplace discrimination claims and can help you recover the compensation you deserve. We work on a contingency basis, which means we do not get paid unless you do.

Call us at (866) 229-9441 if you feel you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination.

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