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Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination

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.

Queens and Long Island

Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

Advocating on Behalf of
Employees

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we represent employees in a broad spectrum of legal matters, including:

Harassment

According to the NY Department of Human Rights, employers can be held responsible for sexual harassment in the workplace in the following circumstances:
If the harassment was the fault of a co-owner, manager, or supervisor the employer is responsible, regardless of whether or not they knew it was occurring
If the harassment occurred among regular employees, the employer can be held responsible if they knew about it, should have known about it, or failed to have a sexual harassment policy in place.
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Employee Discrimination

Our lawyers are prepared to represent clients who face any type of employment discrimination such as:
Gender discrimination
Marital status discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination and FMLA violations
Sexual orientation discrimination, including transgender discrimination and harassment
Age discrimination
Race or national origin discrimination
Disability discrimination
Religious discrimination
Criminal record discrimination
Violations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
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Wage & Hour Disputes

We handle many cases that involve wage and hour disputes, including people in certain industries who often fall victim to these situations as well as instances involving:
Unpaid overtime
Under-the-table compensation
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Education Law

New York City teachers face challenges inside and outside the classroom. When they face the possibility of losing their jobs, they deserve representation by experienced attorneys.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., employment law is our sole focus. We have represented teachers facing a broad spectrum of legal issues and we are committed to protecting teachers’ rights. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a free initial and confidential consultation at our Queens or Long Island offices today.

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Wrongful Termination

Even in an ‘At Will’ Work Situation, You Have the Right to Work. Employers will always claim that they had a valid reason to lay off or fire an employee. But in many circumstances, this is just disguised discrimination of one form or another. Continued employment and advancement is frequently based on performance reviews. If you have a perfect record, then suddenly go from perfect to pariah, it may be a case of your supervisor or employer giving a negative review in order to have an excuse to remove you from your position or deny a promotion.

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.

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Other Employment Law Issues

As a full-service employment law firm, we can also help you with:
Labor and union representation
Mediation and arbitration matters
Employment contract negotiations and matters
Employer defense
Our New York employment attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that all workers have the opportunity to pursue successful careers, and experience workplaces that are free of harassment or other situations that create tension.
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What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination can take many different forms, and it is expressly prohibited under federal and state law.

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.

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Learn More By Contacting a Queens
Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney

Nobody should face discrimination in the workplace, and women should know that there are a variety of protections in place when it comes to pregnancy discrimination. An employer cannot discriminate against you because you are pregnant or because you have a pregnancy-related condition. An employer cannot refuse to hire you because you are pregnant, terminate you after learning about your pregnancy, or deny you a promotion due to a pregnancy.

In any case of pregnancy discrimination, our experienced Queens pregnancy discrimination attorneys can assist you. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online or call our office at 347-727-0661 to learn more about how we can help you to hold your employer accountable and to get you the compensation you deserve.

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