Boston Lawyers Working for Victims of Pregnancy Discrimination
Pregnancy and childbirth are sex-linked characteristics, and any actions of an employer that adversely affect an employee because of her pregnancy, childbirth or the requirement of a maternity leave may also amount to sex discrimination under state and federal law. Employers may not treat employees and applicants who are affected by pregnancy or related conditions less favorably than employees who are affected by other conditions but who are similarly able or unable to work. Such disparate treatment may constitute sex discrimination. The law also requires that an employee who has taken maternity leave be restored to her previous or a similar position upon her return to employment following leave. That position must have the same status, pay, length of service credit and seniority as the position the employee held prior to the leave.
The Questions a Possible Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination Should Ask:
- Did an employer ask you if you were pregnant and then you were denied the job?
- After informing your employer of your pregnancy, were you pressured in any way to quit or were you terminated?
- Were you treated differently from other employees just because you were pregnant or because you just had your child?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of illegal pregnancy discrimination, which is a violation of both Massachusetts and federal law. To schedule an appointment with an experienced employment discrimination lawyer, contact our Boston law office . Women who are pregnant women must be allowed to work, as long as they are physically capable of performing their job.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, provides that:
Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII. Women affected by pregnancy or related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations.
Maternity Leaves – What does the law provide?
Employers are obligated, under certain circumstances, to provide women with voluntary leaves for the purposes of pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy-related illness, and parenting under state and federal law. Contact us today to discuss further!
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Greene and Hafer represents women who feel they have been victimized by pregnancy discrimination. With more than 18 years of combined employment law experience, our attorneys are prepared to ensure your equal rights are recognized. To schedule an appointment with an experienced sex discrimination lawyer, contact our Boston law office .
Greene & Hafer Employment Law serves these and other local communities:
- Pregnancy Discrimination Boston, MA
- Pregnancy Discrimination Cambridge, MA
- Pregnancy Discrimination Somerville, MA
- Pregnancy Discrimination Quincy, MA
- Pregnancy Discrimination Medford, MA
- Pregnancy Discrimination Woburn, MA
Breastfeeding Mothers in the Workplace
Contact Greene and Hafer – Pregnancy Discrimination Law Attorneys
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