What to Know About Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

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If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, it is important to be aware of your rights in the workplace. Pregnancy discrimination is a real issue and can occur in various ways. Our Kentucky employment discrimination team discusses key points to remember about pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and tips on handling any potential discrimination you may experience.

Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace

According to the United States Department of Labor, women make up nearly 50% of the workforce, and 85% of working women will become mothers during their careers. Despite these statistics, pregnancy discrimination is still a real workplace problem. Pregnancy discrimination can look like this:

  • Being passed over for a promotion or raise because you are pregnant
  • Your employer refuses to give you the same accommodations they would give to other employees with similar limitations
  • Being told you cannot return to your job after maternity leave
  • Being harassed or ridiculed by colleagues because of your pregnancy

You are not alone if you have experienced any of these forms of discrimination. Let's review the laws that protect your rights and the steps to take when facing pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against employees based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Additionally, Kentucky has its laws protecting pregnant mothers. Pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions are prohibited under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

What To Do If You Experience Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace

If you believe you have experienced pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, you can take a few steps.

  1. First, document everything. Keep a record of any discriminatory comments or actions made against you. This can include emails, text messages, written notes, or recorded conversations.
  2. File a complaint with your company's human resources department. This brings attention to the situation and creates a paper trail.
  3. Consult with an experienced employment discrimination attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process and protect your rights.

We Can Provide You With The Support You Need

Pregnancy discrimination is a serious issue, but you are not alone. If you have experienced pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, our team at Charles W. Miller & Associates is here to help. We have extensive experience handling pregnancy discrimination cases and will fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact us today at (502) 890-9954 to schedule a free consultation.