Indiana Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on protected characteristics, including sex-based discrimination. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which was amended to Title VII, denotes pregnancy discrimination as a form of sex discrimination. The PDA requires employers to treat women who are expecting as “temporarily disabled” and to afford them the accommodation that would be given to any other employee experiencing a short-term disability. Another federal law, the Family Medical Leave Act, allows both mothers and fathers 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave after childbirth.
Under laws that protect women from pregnancy discrimination, an employer may not:
- Fire a female employee because she is pregnant
Refuse to hire an otherwise qualified woman because she is pregnant
- Require a pregnant employee to bring a doctor's note verifying her inability to work when other employees are not required to follow similar protocol if they are injured or ill
Fail to restore an employee who just returned from pregnancy leave to her former position or one like it
- Treat an employee differently because she is pregnant, including demoting her, decreasing her hours, or removing privileges / responsibilities
- Enact a rule that employees may not return to work for a certain amount of time before or after giving birth
- Penalize an employee who takes time off for prenatal doctor appointments when other employees are not penalized when they leave for medical reasons
- Ignore an employee who is otherwise qualified for a promotion or pay raise because she is pregnant
Strong Advocacy from a Indiana Employment Discrimination Attorney
If you have been fired or otherwise discriminated against because of your pregnancy, talk to an Indiana Employment Law Attorney at Amber K. Boyd Attorney at law right away. We know how to defend your rights under the state and federal laws designed to protect you. Call Amber K. Boyd Attorney at Law today for more information.
Proceedings Before the EEOC
Trustworthy Counsel from Our Indiana Employment Lawyer
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that investigates and enforces discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, The Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Most states and cities have their own agencies that enforce state and local laws against discrimination.
The complaining party may file a lawsuit within 90 days after receiving a notice of a “right to sue” from EEOC. If you need assistance with proceedings before the EEOC, or you wish to discuss instituting a private lawsuit, we will be pleased to meet with you. Our initial interview will be free of charge. At that time, we will be able to determine whether we believe we can help you and you will have the chance to decide whether you wish to invite us to do so. Contact our Indiana Employment Lawyer today!