Pregnancy Discrimination

Brooklyn Pregnancy Discrimination

Phillips & Associates is a recognized Brooklyn pregnancy discrimination law firm dedicated to assisting victims of pregnancy discrimination in Brooklyn and other boroughs of New York. Pregnancy should never be the basis of unequal or inappropriate treatment at work. Some woman are fired or demoted after telling their boss they are pregnant. Our pregnancy discrimination attorneys fight for your rights in the workplace. At Phillips & Associates we handle cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that we charge absolutely no attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you. Contact our office for a free initial consultation today at (866) 229-9441. Visit our cases in the news.

What Is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions is a form of gender discrimination based upon outmoded sexual stereotypes. The notion that a woman cannot be both a mother and a productive worker is outdated and biased. Yet it persists. Last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 6,293 charges of pregnancy-based discrimination and recovered $18 million in monetary benefits for aggrieved parties. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, many pregnancy discrimination cases go unreported. Evidently, some employers still use pregnancy as an excuse to question a woman’s loyalty and penalize women for “choosing” family over career. Phillips & Associates represents victims of pregnancy discrimination in Brooklyn and New York City.

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Like other forms of workplace discrimination, pregnancy discrimination can take many forms; some are more subtle than others. Examples of pregnancy discrimination may include:

  • Inferring that a woman cannot handle her job duties because she is pregnant
  • Deriding a mother’s decision to scale back hours and work part-time
  • Referring to pregnancy as a “problem” because it “creates more work” for others
  • Refusing to provide pregnant women fair treatment or reasonable accommodation
  • “Mommy-tracking” women into positions that hurt their earnings potential
  • Denying time off to make visits to the obstetrician or take care of a child
  • Passing over a pregnant woman for promotion, bonus, or other benefit
  • Forcing pregnant women to use sick or vacation days in lieu maternity leave
  • Demoting a woman after she returns from maternity leave
  • Firing a woman during or after maternity leave
  • Retaliating against women who complain about pregnancy discrimination

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Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace Is Illegal

In Brooklyn, city, state and federal laws prohibit workplace discrimination. In 1978, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was amended to include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) to prohibit all forms of sex discrimination. Title VII covers employers with 15 or more employees, employment agencies, and labor organizations. Under the PDA, an employer cannot refuse to hire a woman because of her pregnancy or subject her to special procedures to determine her ability to work. Pregnant women must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations. Where the employee is temporarily unable to perform her job due to pregnancy, she must be treated the same as any other temporarily disabled employee (TDE). This means she can modify tasks, perform alternative assignments, or take disability leave if the same accommodation is offered to TDEs.

FMLA Claims

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave to eligible, covered employees for the birth and care of a child or for the placement for adoption or foster care of a child with the employee. While the PDA and FMLA are federal laws that apply to most workers, New York State law also provides protections for employees who work at smaller employers whose workers may not be covered by Title VII. An experienced attorney can explain how these laws apply to your case. We handle pregnancy discrimination in Brooklyn and the New York City area. Don’t be a victim of pregnancy discrimination. Speak with our Brooklyn pregnancy discrimination lawyers today. Call Phillips & Associates for free consultation (866) 229-9441.

Our Discrimination Attorneys Can Help

If you are being treated unfairly because you are pregnant, ask an experienced Brooklyn pregnancy discrimination attorney for help. You should not have to tolerate unequal treatment due to your condition and may be entitled to relief. Phillips & Associates has successfully handled all kinds of workplace discrimination claims and is dedicated to helping you. Don’t be a victim of pregnancy discrimination. Call our office at (866) 229-9441 for a free consultation or Contact Us online.

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