Staten Island Pregnancy Discrimination

Phillips & Associates is a leading Staten Island pregnancy discrimination law firm dedicated to assisting victims of workplace discrimination in Staten Island and other areas of New York. Many woman are fired after telling their boss they are pregnant. If you believe you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace call today. You can speak to a pregnancy discrimination lawyer by calling (212) 248-7431. Our consultations are free and there is no attorney fee unless we recover.


Pregnancy does not preclude women from being productive employees. Yet many working mothers are mistreated after disclosing they are pregnant. Pregnancy discrimination is based on outmoded stereotypes of women as the “weaker” sex. Working mothers must often contend with this bias while dealing with the obligations of child-rearing. They are treated unfairly because people believe a working mother’s duties to her family and career to be mutually exclusive.


From investment banks to factories, women feel pressured to prove their loyalty to their work and find their loyalty called into question when they take three months off work. Many employers use maternity leave as a time to demote the employee or let her go completely. Some examples of pregnancy discrimination include:

  • Telling a pregnant woman that she belongs at home, not the workplace
  • Singling out a pregnant employee for disparate treatment
  • Refusing to cover pregnancy-related conditions as part of health insurance
  • Making a pregnant woman use sick or vacation days in lieu of maternity leave
  • “Mommy-tracking” women into positions with diminished earning potential
  • Withholding from pregnant women the same benefits given to employees on leave
  • Refusing pregnant women reasonable accommodation accorded to temporary disabled employees, including modified tasks, alternative assignments, and disability leave
  • Denying an employee a promotion, bonus, or other benefit because of pregnancy
  • Implying a woman is incompetent to handle her job duties while pregnant
  • Demoting or firing a woman on maternity leave
  • Retaliating against pregnant women for complaining about discrimination or other whistleblowing activities

Our pregnancy discrimination lawyers handle sexual harassment cases in Staten Island and the New York City area. Our consultation is free and there is no fee unless we recover. Call Phillips & Associates at (212) 248-7431.


Pregnancy discrimination violates New York state and federal laws. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), an amendment to the Civil Rights Act, covers employers with 15 or more employees, prohibiting all forms of pregnancy discrimination. This includes unfair practices in hiring, firing, promoting, training, and allocating other employment benefits. The PDA requires that employers treat pregnant employees fairly and provide them with reasonable accommodations, similar to those provided disabled employees.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act likewise prohibits retaliation for complaining about pregnancy discrimination or otherwise reporting discriminatory practices. With regard to time off, the Family and Medical Leave Act allows parents of either sex 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for the birth or care of a child. This means parents cannot be fired, demoted, or otherwise punished while taking time off to birth or care for children.

At the state level, New York’s Human Rights Law protects smaller employers not covered by the PDA. Employees who wish to file a complaint regarding pregnancy discrimination may do so with the Division of Human Rights. Whether you are filing a complaint with this Division or the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, an experienced Staten Island pregnancy discrimination attorney can explain the application of federal and state laws to your case and help present your claim in the most favorable light.

Our employment attorneys handle pregnancy discrimination in Staten Island and the New York City area. Call today and speak to one of our Pregnancy discrimination attorneys at (212) 248-7431.


If you believe you are the victim of pregnancy discrimination, consult the skilled Staten Island pregnancy discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates today. Our firm has successfully handled various types of employment discrimination claims and is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. We do not charge attorney’s fees unless you get paid. Call (212) 248-7431 for a free consultation or Contact Us online.


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