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Pregnancy Discrimination: Forced to Quit Your Job


Employers Cannot Insist Pregnant Employees Take Time Off from Work or Quit Their Job Due to Pregnancy.

Your employer cannot insist you quit your job or take time off from work because you are pregnant. Forcing you to quit your job due to pregnancy is a form of employment discrimination. Federal and state laws prohibit pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

When your employer forces you to quit your job or take leave, you have a right to seek justice. You need a lawyer to help you file your claim of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. You need a lawyer who will stand by your side as you seek the justice you deserve.

Can an Employer Force You to Quit Your Job Due to Your Pregnancy?

Being pregnant is legally treated much the same way as having a temporary disability. Federal and state laws protect pregnant employees from discrimination based on pregnancy. Employers do not have the right to make any unfair employment decisions based on your pregnancy or childbirth.

Forcing You to Quit by Creating a Hostile Work Environment

Your employer may think he knows what is best for you. He may want you to take time to care for yourself and your child. As a result, he may force you to take medical leave or quit your job. He may make it difficult for you to continue working. He may harass you and allow others to harass you until you have no choice but to quit. He may tell you that you will receive more benefits if you leave voluntarily. Forcing you to quit in these ways creates a hostile work environment and is a form of discrimination in the workplace.

Retaliation for Reporting Pregnancy Discrimination

You have the right to report harassment and discrimination. However, sometimes your employer finds it necessary to retaliate against you. In some cases, when your employer thinks you are a problem because you reported negative actions to HR or filed a lawsuit for discrimination, your employer may think they are following the law by not firing you in a fit of wrongful termination.

Instead, your employer strongly suggests that you quit your job. If you quit, your employer does not fire you from work. They may even offer you the option to keep your benefits or receive money if you volunteer to leave. This suggestion is a form of retaliation and is prohibited by law.

What Laws Protect Pregnant Employees from Pregnancy Discrimination?

Being forced to quit your job due to pregnancy is a form of employment discrimination. More specifically, it is a form of pregnancy discrimination. Federal And local laws are available to protect pregnant women from discrimination based on pregnancy.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from making any negative employment decisions based on an employee’s pregnancy. These decisions include forcing a pregnant employee to quit simply because she is pregnant or in an act of retaliation.

State Laws Against Pregnancy Discrimination

Many states have enacted laws that also protect pregnant women and their employment rights.

  1. Under the New York City Human Rights Law, the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act, and the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, employers with four or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against pregnant employees. Discrimination includes forcing them to quit.
  2. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibits all employers with any number of employees from making negative employment decisions based on an employee’s pregnancy. Discrimination includes forcing a pregnant employee to quit simply due to her pregnancy.
  3. The California Fair Housing and Employment Act prohibits employers with five or more employees from discriminating against pregnant employees.

How Long Do I Have to File My Pregnancy Discrimination Claim?

If you are the victim of pregnancy discrimination at work, you have the right to file a complaint against your employer. If you want to file your complaint in federal court, you must file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of being forced to quit.

To determine the statute of limitations to file your claim in state court, contact an experienced pregnancy discrimination lawyer. They will guide you through the process based on the laws in your state.

What Compensation Can I Expect for My Pregnancy Discrimination Claim?

When you are forced to quit your job in an act of pregnancy discrimination or retaliation, you may want to demand your job back. You may also want to make your employer pay for their mistake. You can request relief from the courts. Your compensation may include money for insurance premiums, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and legal costs. You may even receive punitive damages from the courts to punish your employer for their behavior.

How Can a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer Help Your Case?

If you are forced to quit your job due to pregnancy discrimination, you may feel you do not have any cause to file a lawsuit. After all, you voluntarily left your job. However, that is incorrect. You did not have much of a choice. Your employer drove you from your job. You were given an ultimatum and chose the lesser of the punishments.

A pregnancy discrimination lawyer can help you file your claim for your rights under the law. Whether you wish to file a federal complaint or state complaint, your qualified employment lawyer can help ensure you file your claim within the appropriate time limit in the appropriate agency or court. They will help you settle your claim quickly and fairly. Your employment attorney will be your advocate from the beginning of the process until you settle your claim or receive a court judgment.

Contact Our Experienced Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys for Your Free Consultation

Your employer cannot force you to quit your job because you are pregnant. Doing so violates employment discrimination laws. If your employer forced you to quit your job due to pregnancy, the experienced attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group can help.

Did Your Employer Force You to Quit Your Job Through Excessive Discrimination, Creating a Hostile Work Environment, or Retaliation Because You Are Pregnant? You Have the Right to Compensation. Please Call Us at 800.807.2209 for More Information.

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