Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney in Jacksonville
Causes of Discrimination Based on Pregnancy
Pregnancy is not the most common cause of discrimination in the workplace,
but it is still a present reality that must be addressed. An employee's
pregnancy may be viewed by the employer as a hindrance to productivity,
especially because of the employee's need to care for the child after
birth. Even though many employers offer maternity leave as a benefit or
as required pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act, an employee's
pregnancy can trigger adverse reactions.
An employer's discriminatory actions may be motivated by the need to
find a temporary replacement or provide coverage during the employee's
maternity leave. Schedule a case evaluation for legal representation with
Jacksonville Employment Lawyer, Shands Wulbern. Employers may also have concerns of increased insurance
costs resulting from pregnancy in addition to family health benefit coverage
after the birth of a new child. An employer's business concerns about
a pregnant employee's productivity and added labor costs can often
lead to discrimination.
Examples of Pregnancy Discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination may take many forms, including, but not limited to:
- Hostile work environment
- Reduced authority
- Reduced responsibility
- Pay reductions
- Passed over for promotions
- Lost employment opportunities
- Unfavorable treatment
Even if the discrimination only originates from lower-level supervisors
or co-workers, the employer may still be liable for discrimination.
About the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for employers
with at least 15 or more employees to discriminate against an employee
on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
In addition, certain medical conditions associated with pregnancy may
qualify as disabilities and therefore require employers to make accommodations
pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. These laws also require
that charges of discrimination be filed with the appropriate administrative
agency in accordance with strict filing deadlines.
Gain a better understanding of your legal rights by obtaining counsel from
the Jacksonville employment lawyer at the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern,
P.A. By seeking legal advice from a lawyer who has experience in advising
and litigating pregnancy discrimination claims, you can protect your rights.
If you believe you are the victim of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace
or have a legal issue involving a potential pregnancy discrimination claim,
contact Attorney Shands M. Wulbern at once.