Employment Law Blog - Employee Lawyers Group - Ventura County, CA
Maternity Leave Lawyer
- Category: Blog
- Last Updated: 09 December 2014
In some California companies, discrimination against pregnant employees begins as soon as the employee notifies her employer she is pregnant. In the months that follow, the pregnant employees may be denied advancement, transferred to positions with less responsibility, denied pregnancy leave, or be forced to violate pregnancy-related medical restrictions or tormented over them. If you are the victim of unfair employer actions due to your pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation.
I am Karl A. Gerber, founder and lead trial attorney of the Employment Lawyers Group. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping pregnant women and new mothers who have experienced discrimination at work. California employees have rights to maternity leaves and reinstatement to their former, or a comparable, position. Contact our employment discrimination lawyers to discuss your work related legal issues at 805-200-0100.
Our Ventura County office is in Mandalay Bay, Oxnard. We also have an office in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, and Gardena.
In other parts of Southern California our employee discrimination lawyers meet clients in Bakersfield, Riverside, Tustin. We also have offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose. Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuits
Pregnant employees enjoy broad protection under California and federal laws. For example, it is illegal for your employer to fire you, demote you, transfer you, give you a false poor work performance evaluation or reduce your hours because you are pregnant.
Under California law, some mothers can take up to four months of leave under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL) to deal with pregnancy-related medical conditions. Following the birth of your child, you may be entitled to take an additional 12 weeks of leave to bond with your child under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), for a total of seven months of leave.
If you have medical restriction while you are pregnant (for example, if your doctor says you cannot lift more than 10 pounds), your employer is required to honor those restrictions. If your employer fails to accommodate your medical restrictions, denies your right to take leave or retaliates against you for taking leave, you may be able to sue your employer for lost wages, emotional distress and other damages.
Our pregnancy lawyers have considerable experience representing victims of pregnancy discrimination. In the last few years we have tried three pregnancy discrimination lawsuits in court, and arbitrated another winning each time.