The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that they will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC to discuss pregnancy discrimination and issues surrounding employees who are responsible for giving care to relatives at home. The purpose of this meeting is to look into recent trends in discrimination against pregnant workers and workers with home caregiver responsibilities. The meeting will comprise three panel discussions, each of which is designed to help get a handle on the issue of discrimination as it relates to these two groups of workers.
Most of us know that we have rights regarding discrimination, but people are not always totally clear on what those rights are, or how to know when they are being violated. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discriminating against a worker because the worker is pregnant, because of childbirth, or medical issues arising from pregnancy or childbirth. It is also against the law to discriminate against a worker because he or she has caregiver responsibilities at home. Workers who have medical issues, including pregnancy, have rights in the workplace. Between Title VII and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) your job should be safe while you care for the health and safety of your family.
If you believe that you or a family member have been discriminated against because of one of these kinds of issues, there are two important things that you should know: you are not alone, and you can get help. While most employers respect the personal issues and needs of their employees, it is not altogether unusual for discrimination to occur in the workplace. If you have lost your job, or you believe that you are being discriminated against at work, speak with an experienced Seattle employment attorney as soon as possible. One important feature of anti-discrimination laws is that they not only prohibit the original discrimination, but they also prohibit retaliation against the employee for taking action to defend him or herself. In other words, if you complain to your employer, or if you come to me or one of my colleagues to seek help, the employer can not retaliate against you for that action. If you have been discriminated against at work and you need help, call me Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.