Without our mothers, none of us would be here. This is an important fact of life, yet some employers seem to forget where they came from. Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is a reality that many women face and it is something that can loom over their career and require a lawyer to resolve. Many people hope to one day have children, but none of them want to lose their jobs simply for a natural process of life.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sets out clear guidelines that protect against pregnancy discrimination. However, not all people are aware of these guidelines and some employers choose to ignore them if it suits them.
3 Facts About Pregnancy Discrimination
To help build awareness about pregnancy discrimination, here are three facts that everyone should know.
1. Maternity Leave
If an employer allows any of its employees to take leave due to a temporary disability, they must also allow for employees to take a leave of absence due to temporary disability related to pregnancy. They may not discriminate against someone for this reason. In addition, new parents are eligible for 12 weeks leave if they have worked in their workplace for at least 12 months.
2. Hiring Practices
An employer cannot discriminate against someone who is pregnant and must be willing to hire them as long as they are capable of performing the normal duties related to the position. In addition, an employer cannot refuse to hire someone due to prejudice about the possibility of them getting pregnant in the future.
3. Men and Parental Leave
Men are allowed to take parental leave after a child is born or adopted without risk to their job security. Although they may not be paid for this absence, a male cannot be fired for taking parental leave.
What To Do In The Case Of Pregnancy Discrimination
If you have been fired due to pregnancy or parental leave, then you may need to consult a lawyer in order to determine the best course of action or if your rights have been violated.