There is perhaps nothing more joyful than welcoming a new child into the world. Whether you are a first-time mother or are adding a new addition to your growing family, it is an incredible time in your life. You want to be able to spend as much time as possible with your child, and employers are required by law to provide you with leave to allow you and your family to enjoy these moments together.
Unfortunately, many working moms experience serious problems when they return to work. Employers may change job responsibilities or job titles while the woman is on leave, or attempt to punish her for having a child. These actions are strictly prohibited by state and federal laws concerning pregnancy discrimination, but many moms are unsure of what they must do to ensure that their rights are protected. This posting discusses some of the things you can do if you find yourself in this situation.
There are options available to you
Pregnancy discrimination laws allow the discriminated party to pursue an action against their employers. These actions may require an employer to reinstate an employee to a previous position, or allow the employee to recover compensation due to the behavior of the employer.
You should not be reluctant to learn more about your case if you are the victim of discrimination. You will be protected throughout the process, but it is up to you to assert your rights.
Employers cannot retaliate against you for filing a claim
Many employees come to us and they are afraid about what will happen if they allege that discrimination has taken place. You employer cannot fire you for filing a pregnancy discrimination case against them. If they do, it may increase the potential consequences that they will be facing for their actions.
Talk to an attorney about your case
This is perhaps the most important thing that you need to do. Your case will have very specific facts that an experienced employment law attorney will need to examine to determine how best to proceed.
You may feel that there is nothing that can be done to change what happened, and that is simply not true. Your employer has specific obligations under the law, and if they do not follow these laws, you may be eligible for compensation because of their actions. Do not give up without talking to someone understands the complex nature of these cases.