You Have Rights When You Are Pregnant
If you are pregnant, you have rights and those rights are protected by the law. Pregnancy discrimination is a form of gender discrimination. At Markus & Sheridan, LLP, our New York City pregnancy discrimination attorneys can help you understand those rights and protect you from unlawful discrimination. With experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in employment disputes, we have the knowledge, skills and resources to advocate on your behalf.
What Constitutes Pregnancy Discrimination?
Pregnancy discrimination can take many forms and can include:
- Unequal treatment because a woman is pregnant, may become pregnant, or has a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth
- Denial of maternity leave
- Forced a pregnant employee to take unpaid leave
- Firing or demoting an employee because of pregnancy
- Failing to hire or promote an employee because of pregnancy
- Forcing a pregnant employee to work in an unsafe environment
- Failing to provide a private space for breast feeding
If you believe that you have been treated differently because you are pregnant or are a woman, we can help you. Our lawyers will work with you to understand your situation, evaluate your claim and protect your rights.
Federal And State Laws Regarding Pregnancy Discrimination
The laws that protect employees from pregnancy discrimination are complex and varied. Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of a variety of pregnancy discrimination laws at the federal, state and local level that may be implicated by your pregnancy, including:
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- State and federal wage and hour laws
- New York State and City Human Rights Laws
Federal law protects employees working in businesses with 15 or more employees. New York State and City laws provide further protections to employees in businesses with four or more employees. We can help you determine if you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination and which laws apply to you.