Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers in Seattle
What rights do pregnant workers have?
It is against the law to discriminate against a woman due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment — hiring, pay, firing, benefits, or the like. If you feel that your employer has violated your rights, read on for information about what you can do.
If you are temporarily unable to perform your job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or child birth, the law mandates that you are treated the same as any other temporarily disabled employee according to both federal and state law, and company policy. Some potential conditions are also covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If your employer allows temporarily disabled employees to take disability leave or leave without pay, it must also allow a temporarily disabled employee to do the same. It is against the law to single out pregnant women for different treatment.
Additionally, you are protected from harassment due to pregnancy or childbirth. Harassment is illegal when it is frequent and/or severe enough to create a “hostile work environment.” Harassment can come from a coworker, supervisor, or someone who is not employed by the company, such as a client or customer. Harassment is against the law.
A Seattle employment attorney can help you avoid common pitfalls of pregnancy discrimination cases
If you are pregnant and think your rights are being violated, it’s in your benefit to have your claim reviewed by an experienced employment attorney. Remember that delays can damage your case! The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEOC), which handles employment discrimination and harassment complaints, gives workers 180 days from the date of discrimination to file a claim. An experienced employment attorney can help you collect documentation and evidence of harassment, and help you meet the required deadlines to file your claim properly.
Don’t be a victim of your employer!
Unless you are empowered with the knowledge about pregnancy discrimination laws, you could putting your career, quality of life, and income at risk. Premier Law Group can review your case, saving your and your family’s right to respect and the integrity of your career. You don’t deserve to be a victim of your employer. Premier Law Group’s reputable employment attorneys will help put the power back in your hands. Give us a call at 206-285-1743 to schedule your consultation today.