Pregnancy discrimination is all too common in the workplace. Claims for pregnancy discrimination are increasing all over the U.S. Last year, the EEOC filed 3,000 claims of pregnancy discrimination. More than $22 million in payouts for those claims were ultimately paid—that’s more than a 30% increase in the annual average ($17 million) recorded over the last decade.
Pregnancy discrimination is defined as the unfavorable treatment of pregnant women at work. Federal and state laws also protect women from pregnancy discrimination because of childbirth or because of a medical condition connected to pregnancy or childbirth.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy concerning any aspect of employment. This includes discrimination based on pregnancy or maternity in hiring, termination, wages, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, fringe benefits (like vacation, medical leave, and health insurance), or any other term or condition of the individual’s employment.
If an individual believes they’ve been treated unfavorably and discriminated against because of pregnancy or maternity, they can file a lawsuit against their employer.
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Research shows that each child that a woman has reduces her hourly wages by 4%, while men’s earnings increase by 6% when they become fathers, after taking into account experience, education, marital status and hours worked.
If your employer has treated you unfavorably or discriminated against you because of your pregnancy or maternity under state or federal law, you should speak with an experienced pregnancy discrimination attorney at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC. Our knowledgeable attorney can tell you whether your claim has merit and what steps to take to protect your rights. A pregnancy and maternity discrimination attorney at FGBO may be able to help you obtain compensation for your treatment and injuries.
At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, our legal team is dedicated to the pursuit of justice for the people we represent. Our law firm has more than 100 years of combined experience successfully representing clients in employment law. We operate differently than many law firms and always put the best interests of our clients first. Contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC today.
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