New York City, New Jersey & Philadelphia Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys

Expecting a baby is a very special time for a woman. But for some women, their pregnancy predisposes them to unfair or unequal treatment in the workforce. At employment law firm of Derek T. Smith Law Group our pregnancy discrimination attorneys represent women in cases of pregnancy discrimination in New York , New Jersey and Philadelphia.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under Title VII, discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sexual discrimination. At the Derek T. Smith Law Group our New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia pregnancy discrimination attorneys can advise you of your rights under these laws. While these laws have been set up for the protection of workers, they at times can be cumbersome and complex. Let our New York City discrimination lawyers assist you.

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer treats a woman unfairly because she is pregnant or because of a medical condition associated with her pregnancy. New York City and Philadelphia Discrimination Laws are so much more protective of employees with respect to Pregnancy discrimination. For example comments or conduct that may not be considered Pregnancy discrimination under the state or Federal law, may be covered by the New York City and Philadelphia law. New York City has some of the best employment laws for people subject to discrimination based on their Pregnancy.

It is illegal to discriminate against an employee based on their pregnancy in any term or condition of employment, such as pay, raises, promotions, hiring, firing, benefits, etc. Furthermore, under New York State & New York City laws it is illegal to retaliate against someone because they have complained about Pregnancy Discrimination.

Available remedies in a Pregnancy discrimination lawsuit may include lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages, and attorneys fees.

New York City, New Jersey & Philadelphia Laws prohibit pregnancy discrimination

What does the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) do?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects pregnant employees and mothers who have recently given birth in New York City against discrimination and also provides a framework for how pregnant women should be treated on the job including the following guidelines:

  • Pregnant women must be treated the same as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations
  • An employer cannot refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant as long as she is able to perform the job
  • An employer can only require pregnant workers to submit a doctor note excusing their inability to work if they require all employees to do the same
  • Pregnant employees must be permitted to work as long as they are able to perform their jobs
  • Employers must hold open a job for pregnancy-related absences the same length of time jobs are held open for employees on sick or disability leave
  • Employers have to allow pregnant employees to make changes to their work duties or schedule in order to stay healthy
  • Employees with pregnancy-related disabilities must be treated the same as other temporarily disabled employees with respect to pay and benefits

These changes needed for some pregnant employees are called “reasonable accommodations”. Under the new law (PWFA), most employers in New York City must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers.

The New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia pregnancy discrimination attorneys at Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC can inform you of all the rights protecting pregnant women in the workforce. Know all the facts before proceeding with your legal case, an experienced pregnancy discrimination attorney in New York City, New Jersey & Philadelphia can answer your questions and tailor a personal legal strategy for your pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. Employers will have attorneys on their side; you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to have the tough and thorough New York City, New Jersey or Philadelphia pregnancy discrimination lawyers from the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC fighting for you.

Consult our New York City, Philadelphia or New Jersey pregnancy discrimination attorneys

Laws prohibiting pregnancy discrimination in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey mandate that male and female workers must be treated equally in the workplace, including work rules and compensation. If you have questions about the rights of pregnant women in the workplace, the Derek T. Smith Law Group, PLLC pregnancy discrimination attorneys in New York City, Philadelphia or New Jersey can advise you. The following links lead to information about common types of discrimination in the workplace:

Getting Started

If you need a pregnancy discrimination lawyer in New York City, Philadelphia or New Jersey or need to speak with pregnancy discrimination lawyer regarding other cases of discrimination, please fill out the contact form on the top side of this page and click submit or call our toll-free number 877-469-5297 today. The New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys at the Derek T. Smith Law Group are your Number One resource for employment law conflicts in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island and throughout New York, New Jersey & Philadelphia. We solely represent employees in pregnancy discrimination disputes, staunchly advocating for pregnancy discrimination victims’ right to a fair workplace. Contact our any of our office today for a FREE CONSULTATION with our pregnancy discrimination attorneys. We charge NO FEE unless we recover for you.***

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