Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney in Los Angeles
Pregnancy discrimination happens when an employee who is pregnant or plans to be pregnant and start a family is discriminated against by her employer for her status or her choice. If you are pregnant or plans to be pregnant and your employer refuses to allow you to take leaves for your medical check-up or if you are not provided with reasonable accommodations at work, then your employer could be guilty of pregnancy discrimination.
There are many ways that you can be discriminated by your employer at work. The obvious indicators that you are being discriminated against is that if you are being made fun of or being ridiculed or harassed by your employer in plain sight of your co-workers because of your pregnancy. However, even if you are not directly harassed, you can still be a victim of discrimination like when you are not being provided the same or similar compensation or if you are being bypassed for promotion due to your choice to build a family.
In any of the foregoing instances, you have a right to seek damages against your employer for unpaid wages, benefits and other monetary damages as well as non-monetary compensation for your pain and suffering and other losses suffered on account of your employer’s unjust acts. However, seeking remuneration from your employer is never easy. You will be faced with insurance adjusters or even defense lawyers who will do anything to help their client escape liability. Hence, if you are serious in claiming the compensation you deserve, seek legal help from Mesriani Law Group’s pregnancy discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles who are known to be aggressive in fighting for the plights of discriminated employees in the work place.
What To Do in Case of Pregnancy Discrimination Claims?
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Discrimination still exists at work in the U.S. Although discrimination in any of its forms is illegal, there are still some employers who violated their employees’ rights with impunity. In California, among other discriminatory acts, pregnancy discrimination is another form of public policy violation that is being closely monitored and curtailed at work. Pregnancy discrimination happens when a pregnant employee is treated differently or poorly at work on account of her pregnant state.
Ways of Committing Maternity Discrimination
Discrimination can be manifested in many forms. There are overt and introvert acts that employers do to harass or unjustly treat their marginalized employees.
Overt Acts – if you are not allowed medical leaves to get checked out by a medical professional during pregnancy, not providing reasonable accommodations or assigned difficult tasks that could be detrimental to your health then you are being directly or overtly discriminated against at work.
Introvert Acts – if you are not being given the same wage or benefits as your other co-workers then you are being discriminated against through violation of your labor law rights.
Laws Protecting Your Rights
In California alone, several laws have been passed protecting pregnant mothers in the work place against unjust employers, like:
- • California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA),
- • California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL) and
- • California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
The above laws state, in simple, that pregnant employees should be treated justly and provided due consideration for their pregnant state. If you are not given reasonable accommodations for your pregnant state, your employer is already in violation of your rights. In which case, you have the right under the above laws to file damages against your employer.
What Not To Do In Case of Discrimination Claims?
A lot of employee victims of discrimination commit the mistake of negotiating their claims on their own. You should know by now that your employer has the resources and connections, which definitely work against your claims. Your employer is also covered by insurance and the insurance adjuster is skilled at scrutinizing your claims to make sure that your claims are either denied or greatly reduced. Also, your employer can hire defense lawyers who are knowledgeable about employment and labor laws and can use their skills in circumventing your rights.
Seek Help from Mesriani Law Group
If you really want to obtain the best claim for your damages, you should seek help from top employment lawyers to help you fight for your rights against your employer. Don’t be afraid about legal costs as there are a lot of lawyers who take on cases on contingency basis and who can definitely provide top notch legal service at practically no cost to you.