EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer in Florida and Georgia
Pregnancy discrimination is illegal. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that protects pregnant women from workplace discrimination.
If you’ve suffered unfair treatment due to being pregnant, call (844) 722-7567 to speak to an EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawyer from our team at The Leach Firm, P.A. We serve clients across Florida and Georgia.
Pregnancy Discrimination Laws Enforced by the EEOD
The EEOC monitors the implementation of two federal laws against pregnancy discrimination: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
Title VII, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, prohibits sex discrimination, which includes pregnancy discrimination.
Under Title VII, pregnancy discrimination can be based on:
- Past, current, or potential pregnancy
- Medical condition related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding
- Birth control
Americans with Disabilities Act
The ADA prohibits discrimination against job seekers or employees based on disability. While pregnancy itself is not a disability, pregnancy-related disabilities or impairments like gestational diabetes can trigger the protections under the ADA. Among other things, this means your employer may have to provide you with reasonable accommodations.
Examples of Pregnancy Discrimination
Title VII and the ADA protect pregnant workers from discrimination in all aspects of employment, including:
- Refusing to hire pregnant applicants
- Firing, terminating, laying off, or reducing the hours of pregnant employees
- Modifying the pay, promotions, bonuses, and other benefits of pregnant workers
- Modifying any term or condition of employment, such as training and job assignments
- Harassing workers on the basis of pregnancy
- Retaliating against workers for opposing discriminatory practices
An EEOC pregnancy discrimination lawyer can review your case and advise whether you can file a charge of discrimination.
Other Pregnancy Discrimination Laws
If you’re pregnant or a new parent, you may be eligible for 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).
As a nursing mother, you may also have the right to express milk in the workplace under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938.
The Wage and Hour Division with the U.S. Department of Labor enforces both laws.
Pregnancy Discrimination FAQ
1. Are There Protections Against Pregnancy Discrimination on the State Level?
Some state laws provide further safeguards to pregnant workers, including protection from discrimination, workplace accommodations, unpaid and paid job-protected leave, and rights regarding breastfeeding. You may be eligible for some or all of these protections depending on your location.
2. What Qualifies as Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Employees?
Reasonable accommodations to pregnant women or employees suffering from pregnancy or childbirth-related conditions may include light duty, alternative assignments, disability leave, or unpaid leave.
3. What Compensation Is Available for Pregnancy Discrimination?
Possible recovery under federal law includes:
- Back pay
- Reinstatement or front pay
- Attorney fees
- Compensatory damages
- Punitive damages
- Injunctive and/or affirmative relief to stop the employer’s actions and/or you whole
Contact an EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer in Florida and Georgia Today
If you suspect that you’ve been the victim of pregnancy discrimination, we can help. We serve clients throughout Florida and Georgia. Call us at The Leach Firm, P.A. at (844) 722-7567 to schedule your consultation.