Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys in Fresno
Fresno’s Employment Discrimination Attorneys Exclusively Representing Employees
Pregnancy discrimination cases are some of the most common that our attorneys litigate in Fresno. Most often, these cases revolve around someone being fired, laid-off, demoted, or alienated during her pregnancy or shortly after returning from maternity leave. Further, there are other issues related to illegal treatment such as the comments that the employee will not be able to perform her job responsibilities or that their ability or want to complete her tasks has decreased. In addition, many of the clients that we represent report severe and constant harassment or even the outright denial of maternity leave.
What Are the Laws?
Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (“PDA”) and California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”), employers are prohibited from all forms of pregnancy-based discrimination. Employers with 15 or more employees are obligated under the PDA law and employers with 5 or more employees are obligated under the PDL. Hence, these laws protect women who are going through pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions the same way that they must be lawfully treated if they had other medical conditions. There are also laws that prohibit physical or verbal harassment of pregnancy employees by supervisors, co-workers, and even clients/customers that the employer may be able to protect them from. This includes certain language about pregnancy, ability to work, body imaging, demeaning comments, and hostile work environment.
How Can Our Attorneys Help?
In Fresno, the pregnancy discrimination focused attorneys at Stephen Danz & Associates understand the intricacies and complex nature of the state and federal laws and how they apply to protect the hard working women who live in Fresno and its surrounding counties. Our attorneys also understand the way that disability laws combine with pregnancy disability protections to protect pregnancy employees before and after the birth of the child. In California, those employees must receive reasonable accommodation and may not be adversely treated due to their pregnancy. Also, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) advises, employers must provide pregnancy employees with the alternative assignments, tasks, disability leave and unpaid leave, and accommodating schedules similar to how they treat disabled employees
If you believe that your company, or any representatives of the company, discriminated against you based on your pregnancy, our Fresno pregnancy discrimination attorneys will provide the guidance necessary to submit a claim with the government agency. Such a charge with the state and/or federal agency will seek to hold your former or current company accountable and responsible for the suffering you experienced due to their unlawful treatment. Contact us by phone or via the online form for a free assessment of your case. Time is crucial as the strict deadlines to file a charge with the EEOC or state agency may prevent us from filing a court complaint.
California Has Some of the Strictest Laws Protecting Pregnant Employees
California employers may not refuse to hire a pregnant woman due to her pregnancy. At the same time, companies may not discriminate against pregnant employees via termination, demotion, non-promotion, layoff, discharge, job re-assignment, training, benefits, compensation/pay, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment. In addition, companies may not use the biases of other workers or clients as a pretext or rationale to negatively act against a pregnant employee.
Our Fresno employment lawyers also handle workplace issues under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and California’s Family Rights Act (“CFRA”). Some of the most common issues handled include pregnancy leave and maternity/paternity leave. Sadly, employers treat employees differently if they have to take pregnancy or medical leave. In addition, if the pregnancy or medical condition creates a situation where the employee is temporarily disabled, the employer must treat the employee similarly as any other temporarily disabled employee.
Although California is known as one of the most liberal and employee-friendly states, pregnancy discrimination still exists at many of its workplaces, especially within Fresno. In response, attorneys at Stephen Danz and Associates are ready to represent any and all employees who experience or believe that their co-workers experience discrimination. If you or your colleagues faced discrimination based on pregnancy, or what appears to be pregnancy, in violation of California or federal law, contact our office today.
FMLA and CFRA ensure that employees may not be denied equal employment opportunities or treatment due to their pregnancy or perceived pregnancy. For a confidential free consultation, speak to our Fresno pregnancy discrimination and workplace retaliation attorneys today at 877-789-9707. We handle cases throughout California and are familiar with its laws and local courts.
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