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What constitutes pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?

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Employment discrimination can come in many forms. Some of these are easy to spot, but others are much more elusive. Some are so elusive that it can be difficult for victims to know if discrimination is happening or if they are imagining things. Anyone can be the victim of employment discrimination in California, including women who are expecting a baby.

It is crucial to understand that if you experience uncomfortable feelings in the workplace -- even if they are difficult to define -- that those feelings likely have a basis in reality. This means that it is possible that you are indeed a victim of employment discrimination.

You could quit your job and find new employment, but some people choose to call out their offenders and bring them to justice through the legal system. If you choose to take this action, an employment attorney can help you navigate the process while serving as your advocate and protector.

With that said, the following list includes some of the ways pregnancy discrimination in the workplace occurs.

  • Denying you the right to continue working while pregnant
  • Not holding your position open after a pregnancy-related leave from work
  • Limiting your access to health insurance benefits if employee insurance is provided
  • Denying you the right to take a reasonable maternity leave
  • Changing your job position based solely on your pregnancy
  • Refusing promotions, pay raises and other employee benefits because of pregnancy

The above activities are not just frowned upon. They are unlawful according to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1964. This puts the power of the justice system at your disposal if this type of employment discrimination has made you a victim.

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