Pregnancy Discrimination and FMLA Violations
For working men and women, it can be a difficult to manage the high expectations of a demanding career with the desire to have a family. Particularly for pregnant women, pressures stemming from co-workers, supervisors or the policies of employers can cross a thin line into illegal behavior.
Family Versus Career: You Shouldn’t Have to Choose
At Higgins Law Firm, PLLC, we believe that pregnancy should be a joyful experience for expecting mothers, not a choice between having a fulfilling family life and dedication to career advancement. With numerous state and federal protections in place, we can explain your rights and help to ensure you are treated with respect and dignity.
- Maternity and parental leave: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) protects pregnant mothers from workplace discrimination when it comes to nearly all matters of employment including insurance, hiring and firing, pay and work assignments. Furthermore, employers are usually required to provide employees and their spouses with paid or unpaid leave for the care of their new child under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Temporary disability: Although it may seem strange to classify pregnancy as a temporarydisability, it helps employers to understand their obligations to pregnant employees. Falling under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers should provide leave, light-duty assignments and added privacy to limit undue hardships placed upon new or expecting mothers.
- Discrimination and harassment: It is against the law to harass or discriminate against an employee who is pregnant, who has recently had a child or is going through medical treatment related to her pregnancy. Employers have a duty to protect their employees from discrimination and harassment and can be held accountable for condoning such behavior.
A Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights as a Working Parent
If you believe that you are being treated unlawfully because of your pregnancy or a related condition, contact attorney Stuart Higgins to confidentially share your story. At our firm, we work one-on-one with each client to ensure that no detail is overlooked. If you have a case, we will work tirelessly on your behalf to pursue a just result.
Call 515-619-9148 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation at our Des Moines, Iowa, law office.