New York Pregnancy Discrimination
Attorneys Representing Employees in Queens
Employees in New York have a right to work in an environment in which they will not be subject to unlawful discrimination. If you are pregnant and you face discrimination on the job, you should know that your employer could be in violation of federal and state law. Pregnancy discrimination is unlawful under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as under the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. Each of these laws, enacted to prohibit discrimination in the workplace, was drafted or amended with a specific aim of preventing pregnancy-related discrimination.
If you faced discrimination in any stage of employment due to pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, it is essential to seek advice from our Queens pregnancy discrimination lawyers for help. You may be able to file a claim.
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Sometimes these “Jekyll and Hyde” switches occur because a superior learned something about a subordinate that then caused him or her to have a negative bias, like the employee was of a certain religion or sexual orientation. Sometimes the reason is more obvious, like a bias against people of a certain race, being male or female, a woman becoming pregnant or people with disabilities.
Other Employment Law Issues
What is Pregnancy Discrimination?
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the basis of pregnancy. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), pregnancy discrimination “involves treating a woman (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.” The Pregnancy Discrimination Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
The New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law also provide protections against pregnancy discrimination in New York State and New York City. In addition to protecting against pregnancy discrimination in the processes of hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, training or providing any type of benefits, state law also has specific protections to protect women who are breastfeeding at work and who have pregnancy-related disabilities.
Temporary Disability Due to Pregnancy
When a woman has a temporary disability due to a pregnancy-related medical condition or childbirth, it is important for the woman to know that she has protections under federal and state law. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Amendments of 2008 allow a woman to prove that a temporary medical condition is a disability for which she can seek reasonable accommodations.
In New York, the Protect Women from Pregnancy Discrimination bill amended the New York State Human Rights Law to make clear that employers in the state must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related medical conditions.