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While pregnancy is a wonderful time for the mother and family preparing to welcome a child, it means extra cost and inconvenience to the employers of both parents. Many employers reasonably support the pregnancy, yet some companies feel less optimistic about the addition, seeing only the additional cost in health care and required maternity leave.
Employers may single out pregnant women or those they know to be preparing for pregnancy. Discrimination can include the mother being taken off or overlooked in consideration for opportunities of advancement. The employer may try to find a reason to fire the mother in an effort to clear her from the books.
Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace
At Villaume & Schiek, P.A., of Bloomington, Minnesota, our lawyers strive to protect the legal employment rights of women who are facing discrimination and harassment due to a current or pending pregnancy. These women and families are legally covered by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which outlines working pregnant women rights and requires that women receive the same treatment as other employees in all areas, including time off, hiring and firing, conditions of employment, transfers and job assignment.
She must also be allowed to continue working if her physical condition allows. If she become temporarily disabled due to the pregnancy, she must be treated the same as other disabled employees.
The Family and Medical Leave Act states that employees receive 12 weeks of unpaid maternity (or paternity) leave. During this time, the employer must continue to provide medical benefits. The company must also hold the job open for her (or his) return.
If you have been discriminated against at work, our Minnesota pregnancy discrimination attorneys are prepared to help. To arrange a consultation to discuss the situation with skilled legal guidance, please call our law firm today at 952-232-1886 or toll free at 866-719-3452.