EXAMPLES OF PREGNANCY MISTREATMENT
Pregnancy harassment is illegal. Pregnancy harassment may occur if you are harassed due to conditions of pregnancy. Conditions of pregnancy include doctor’s notes that place restrictions on a woman due to pregnancy. Pregnancy harassment happens if an employer tries to convince a woman to violate her lifting restrictions due to pregnancy.
Morning sickness cries out for accommodations due to pregnancy. Morning sickness might require an employer to allow a pregnant woman to miss work. Prenatal checkups should be accommodated. A failure to allow a pregnant woman to attend prenatal checkups is a failure to accommodate a pregnancy related medical condition. Likewise, pregnant women should be allowed time off for ultrasounds. Accommodations due to a C-section is a pregnancy related medical condition that must be accommodated. Time off due to a birth of a baby is a pregnancy related medical request that must be accommodated. Time off due to certain medically induced abortions may also be a form of pregnancy related medical condition. We have handled cases of severe depression due to a forced abortion or loss of a fetus, and argued that is a pregnancy related medical condition. Post-partum depression is a pregnancy related medical accommodation.
Time off to decorate or plan a nursery is not a reasonable pregnancy related medical accommodation. Time off to tour a hospital where a pregnant woman plans to deliver is not likely to be a pregnancy related medical condition for which accommodations are required. Vague requests that a woman needs time to prepare for a new member of a family is probably not a pregnancy related medical request the law will accommodate. If you have questions about what a pregnancy accommodation is, contact one of our North Hollywood employee lawyers.
Pregnancy leave up to 16 weeks due to pregnancy related medical conditions is available to all pregnant women working in a company with five or more employees. Women working in companies with fewer than five employees still have pregnancy rights under the law, but not under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. A private consultation with an experienced North Hollywood pregnancy attorney is advised if you work for an employer with fewer than 5 employees.
In order to qualify for more than four months of pregnancy leave, we strongly advise you have a private consultation with an experienced North Hollywood/Burbank/Glendale pregnancy discrimination lawyer. There are many exceptions to whether a pregnant woman can combine Family Medical Leave with pregnancy. There are also a lot of issues about whether an employer can require a pregnant woman to use Family Medical Leave instead of pregnancy disability laws.
Your right to paid time off during your pregnancy is an unrelated issue to how long you can be off according to pregnancy law under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, or the Family Medical Leave Act. In order to find out what your rights are under the various employment laws that pertain to pregnant women, call one of our experienced North Hollywood/Burbank/Glendale pregnancy lawyers.