Women are protected under state and federal law regarding their employment in the event of pregnancy. When a woman becomes pregnant, her work performance could change and she will need to take medical leave in order to have the child and recover from the event before returning to work. This can affect a company’s income and therefore make it tempting to wrongfully terminate the woman instead of hold her position until her return. This is illegal, as found in the California Government Code and in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Cal. Gov. Code § 12945 states that employers cannot refuse to grant up to four months of medical leave for a pregnant woman. Pregnancy discrimination is also listed as illegal under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and is considered to be connected to sex discrimination. Pregnancy is a natural cycle that every woman has the right to experience without jeopardizing their livelihood, so speak with an Orange County employment lawyer today if you are worried that you might lose your job due to your pregnancy, or if you have already been wrongfully terminated. Employment Lawyer’s Group could help!
For excellent legal representation and advice for any type of employment law situation, contact Employment Lawyers Group. We practice extensively in all kinds of discrimination and harassment cases and can obtain a favorable outcome for your pregnancy discrimination case. We may be able to help you achieve results through mediation, but we are also able to take your case to court and fight for justice on your behalf.