Denied a Job Due to Pregnancy? That’s Employment Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects United States workers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, and religion. This statute also protects individuals from employment discrimination based on pregnancy. If you have been denied a job or promotion due to your pregnancy, learn how to protect your rights.

Understanding Your Rights

Kentucky follows the “at-will doctrine,” which means that employees do not have protection from being fired or demoted regardless of whether it is for a good reason, bad reason, for no reason at all. Employers are not, however, able to terminate employees on the basis of any of the protected clauses under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, including pregnancy.

This means your employer or potential employer may not refuse to hire, fire, discipline, deny training or promotion, pay less, or harass you on the basis of your pregnancy.

Employers who violate Title VII may be required to pay damages to any employees affected by employment discrimination; this is meant to restore the employee to the economic position he or she would have been in had the employer not acted unlawfully. If you suspect your employer denied you a job or promotion, fired you, harassed you, or paid you less due to your pregnancy, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation, including:

  • Back pay

  • Future pay

  • The value of lost employment benefits

At Charles W. Miller & Associates, we can help ensure your employment discrimination charge and claim are filed properly and that the proper authorities preserve any and all possible claims you may have.

Contact us today at (502) 890-9954 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

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