Pregnant in The Workplace? It's Not an Excuse for Discrimination!
Oct. 8, 2014
Are you currently pregnant, or thinking about taking steps to start a family of your own some time soon? Are you an employer who wants an analysis to make sure you are providing adequate options and flexibility for pregnant employees? The Equal Opportunity Commission has guidelines in place that help to explain what steps employers need to take. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees for pregnancy and childbirth, but there are other protected times as well. Did you know that an employer can not discriminate against an employee for being child-bearing age, or for having the intent to get pregnant? If you have been asked by a boss if you plan to have a child some time soon, this may be relevant to you. Employers cannot fail to hire women simply because they have young children. Employers are also not permitted to force pregnant employees to take leave for the reason that they are pregnant. If you would like to read more about the specifics of the accommodations and rules for employees and employers, click here. A meeting with an attorney will help you find out about the recent decisions in cases, and the appropriate steps you should take if you feel you have been a victim of workplace discrimination.
If you are in need of assistance with accommodation from your place of employment while starting a family, or you have any specific questions about employment accommodations, contact Wolfe Law Office for a free consultation at 304-245-9097.