Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination is among the many types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace. It’s illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant employees or applicants, and victims of pregnancy discrimination have the right to take legal action.
What is Pregnancy Discrimination?
Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer discriminates against an employee due to pregnancy or childbirth. Examples of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace include:
- Firing or demoting an employee because of pregnancy
- Refusing to make reasonable accommodations, such as granting time off, for pregnant employees
- Restricting pregnant employees’ hours or forcing them to take time off
- Refusing to hire an applicant based on pregnancy
- Giving different accommodation and treatment to pregnant employees than other employees that are temporarily disabled
- Refusing to give a pregnant employee the same or a similar job when she comes back to work after maternity leave