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Fired For Being Pregnant? | Pregnancy Discrimination 101

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You are protected against pregnancy discrimination, but that doesn't mean employers don't get away with firing employees or discriminating against employees for being pregnant. This is because people do not always know their rights, and do not speak with an experienced employment attorney when they think they may have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination. The 3 main laws that protect you from being penalized at work for being pregnant are the PDA, ADA, and the FMLA.

1: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, applies to employers with at least 15 employees. It makes it illegal to discriminate against someone for being pregnant. Discrimination includes refusing to hire someone because they are pregnant, firing someone for being pregnant, treating someone different for being pregnant, or treating someone different for lactating or harassing someone for being pregnant.

2. The Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA. While being pregnant is not necessarily a disability, certain pregnancy conditions may constitute a disability covered by the ADA. The ADA protects the employee when their employer treats them and sees them as disabled, even if they are not. You are entitled to ask for reasonable accommodations at work.

3. The FMLA, or Family And Medical Leave Act. This requires employers to give new mothers unpaid leave to spend time with their new baby. Generally, this is up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. An employer qualifies if they have worked for the employer for a certain amount of time, and the employer has at least 50 employees.

Pregnant employees have significant legal protections, but pregnancy discrimination is still common. If you suspect you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination, please contact an attorney today.

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