The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make it illegal to discriminate against pregnant women in the workplace. This law protects pregnant women from all types of discrimination and retaliation, such as wrongful termination, harassment, and denial of access to short term disability pay if it is offered to other employees.
Pregnant employees have the same rights as other employees at work, including:
Reasonable accommodations in the workplace are any changes that do not create an undue burden on the company or its other employees. They can include:
In addition to denying a pregnant woman the accommodation she seeks, pregnancy discrimination can mean:
Document everything you experience. This means printing out emails and other messages, transcribing voicemails, keeping copies of offers and other official communications between you and your supervisor, and documentation of any harassment or other face-to-face mistreatment you experience with its date, time, and context. These are pieces of evidence you can use to support a pregnancy discrimination claim.
If you cannot make the discrimination stop through your supervisor or Human Resources department, work with an experienced employment lawyer to pursue a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Do not stand by and allow yourself to continue being victimized at work. If you faced pregnancy discrimination at the hands of your employer or colleagues, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline today to set up your initial free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer. During your consultation, we will review your evidence and experiences to determine the most effective way to proceed with your claim.