Pregnancy is a happy time for most people and represents the beginning of a family. Unfortunately some employers do not share in this happiness and see a woman’s pregnancy as getting in the way of business. California has many laws in place which protect a woman from pregnancy discrimination. This means that you have options if you have been fired, harassed, or otherwise punished at work. Our Santa Ana pregnancy discrimination lawyers handle such cases. Call our office today to speak with an attorney. We also service Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County.
Orange County pregnancy discrimination attorneys assisting mothers and fathers
California has laws in place which protect women who are or have been pregnant. Our state’s act on Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) requires an employer to grant up to seventeen weeks of time off for pregnancy related disabilities. Also, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) requires an employer to grant both the mother and the father up to twelve weeks off after the birth or adoption of a new child. Also, if one is suffering an ongoing disability from a pregnancy or child birth then our state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires an employer to make reasonable accommodations in order to work around the disability. Employers who violate these laws may be required to pay damages.
Common examples of violations include:
- Firing someone for getting pregnant or for being perceived as pregnant
- Disciplining an employee for pregnancy-related absences (e.g., morning sickness or prenatal care appointments)
- Not providing reasonable accommodations for pregnancy
- Denying pregnancy disability leave (PDL)
- Denying leave after a baby is born
- Deducting pay for time missed or cutting benefits
- Termination upon returning from leave
The first step in bringing a discrimination case is to file a complaint with a state administrative agency. If the agency is unable to resolve the matter then you will be given the right to sue in Court. Once a lawsuit is filed your lawyer will begin gathering evidence which shows that the discrimination, in fact, occurred due to pregnancy and that you were not punished for reasons stated by the employer. If settlement cannot be reached then the matter will be resolved at trial. It is important that you retain counsel to help you with this process.
Our Orange County pregnancy discrimination attorneys handle such matters throughout the area. We will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story, to help you understand whether you have a case, and to explain what you should expect from the process. Our lawyers will assist you in dealing with the necessary administrative agencies and will quickly file a lawsuit once that process is completed. We will use the discovery process to gain internal documents, such as emails, to show that the employer could have accommodated you but chose to discriminate instead. Our firm will aggressively represent you at trial, will take steps to ensure that you know what to expect from the process, and will protect your rights. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Pregnancy discrimination attorneys providing regular contact to those in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, and elsewhere
If you have been discriminated against due to pregnancy then you have been through enough. Our firm recognizes that you do not need additional aggravation. This is why we strive to provide a level of lawyer-client contact that is not common among law firms. Our attorneys will quickly return your phone calls, promptly respond to your emails, and will make sure they are available to answer your questions. We focus on this area of the law so that you can focus on the most important thing – your family. We are ready to assist you.
Our attorneys service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, Yorba Linda, and the rest of Orange County.