Pregnancy Discrimination And Retaliation In The Workplace

Learning that you are pregnant and will be bringing a child into the world is an exciting and joyous moment. However, after the excitement dissipates, the anxiety may build regarding your treatment at work and potentially being terminated.

There are state and federal laws which protect the fundamental right to have children and build a family. However, many California employers attempt to manipulate the system and frequently discriminate against pregnant women.

California Family Rights Act

At The Armstrong Law Firm, we fight for employee rights under the law. We hold employers and former employers accountable for pregnancy discrimination and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).

Under the FMLA, pregnant women are granted up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave in which their employer must hold their job open for them. The California Pregnancy Discrimination Act provides additional protection from pregnancy discrimination. Our lead discrimination attorney, Kelly Armstrong, has knowledge of these state and federal laws and asserts her clients' rights under the law.

To learn more about your rights, check out our Ten Tips To Protect Your Pregnancy Rights or Steps To Take If You Were Fired While Pregnant.

"The Armstrong Law Firm resolved my pregnancy discrimination — wrongful termination case in less than one year. The compassion and professionalism of Kelly Armstrong and her associates was more than I could ask for in such a stressful time. Thank you for resolving my case quickly and effectively. You have empowered me to move on with my life. I will always be grateful."

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For more information on your rights to take time off during and after pregnancy, visit our section on FMLA and Pregnancy Disability Leave.

What Constitutes Pregnancy Discrimination?

  • Demotion before, during or immediately following your leave
  • Wrongful termination before, during or following your leave
  • Removal of responsibilities
  • Interference with FMLA or paid maternity leave
  • Other discriminatory treatment

Although the law prohibits discriminating or retaliating against pregnant employees, many business owners continue to violate law. Although prior performance reviews may have been flawless, many women come back from leave and are frequently set up for a poor performance review.

Contact Us Today: Offices In Oakland And San Francisco

It is discriminatory for an employer to fire, demote or otherwise poorly treat a woman simply because she is pregnant. The Armstrong Law Firm has won hundreds of discrimination cases in San Francisco, Santa Clara County, San Jose, and throughout California. We fight to recover compensation to alleviate the financial burdens of losing your job and punitive damages to hold your former employer accountable.

To schedule a free initial consultation with a pregnancy discrimination lawyer, call 415-692-0462, or contact us online. We have offices in San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County and serve the entire bay area including San Jose.