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Pregnancy Disability Law Attorneys in San Diego
Is Your Employer Failing to Accommodate Your Pregnancy?
If you become pregnant while working for an employer who has five or more employees, you are protected under California law to request reasonable accommodations or leave for your pregnancy. You are also protected from certain workplace actions or decisions that an employer may make based upon your pregnancy.
An employer cannot do the following because you are pregnant:
- Terminate your employment
- Refuse to hire you
- Bar you from applying or interviewing for a position
- Harass you in any manner
- Discriminate against you in any manner
Laws Protecting Pregnant Workers
In California, pregnant women are protected by provisions in several statutes:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- Pregnancy Disability Law
- Fair Employment and Housing Act
- California Family Rights Act
If your employer is failing to make a reasonable accommodation for your pregnancy, it’s possible to seek help from a pregnancy attorney in San Diego who can help you seek legal remedies including fair and just compensation.
What Is a Pregnancy Disability?
Any physical or mental condition brought on as a result of pregnancy or childbirth that prevents you from performing essential job duties or would cause you unnecessary risk at work can be considered a pregnancy disability.
Workplace Accommodations for Pregnant Women
When it comes to changes your body is undergoing as your child grows, you may require accommodations for your condition.
You are entitled to request and receive reasonable accommodation such:
- Office space layout change
- Adjustments to your workspace
- Reserved parking from your employer
- Different type of chair
- Longer rest periods
- Flexible shifts and break periods
- Or other reasonable accommodation due to being pregnant
At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, we can help clients seeking reasonable accommodation for their pregnancies from their employers.
Can I Get Time Off from Work for My Pregnancy?
Pregnancy Disability Leave is time off from work meant to accommodate pregnancy disabilities. Under California law, you may take as much as 16 weeks of pregnancy disability leave per pregnancy.
Importantly, this leave is additional to any other leave you take under the California Fair Employment and House Act, California Family Rights Act, another law governing your eligibility to take leave from work or your employer’s own policies regarding leave.
If your employer isn’t permitting you the time you’re entitled to take leave or is threatening to terminate you for taking leave, talk to an attorney immediately to take action.
Call an Attorney if Your Employer Denies Your Pregnancy Rights
Although sharing something like your pregnancy with a supervisor may feel concerning, making him or her aware of your condition and expected or immediate need for reasonable accommodation is important. It’s best to do this in person so an attorney can gather it as evidence if a lawsuit against your employer becomes necessary in the future.
If your employer refuses to make reasonable adjustments at work – or goes as far as to retaliate against you or deny your other rights as a pregnant person in the workplace – reach out to a pregnancy disability attorney in San Diego immediately. At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, our dedicated attorneys will fight for your rights. If other employees at your company faced similar mistreatment, a class action lawsuit can rectify unlawful employment practices and help aggrieved parties seek compensation.
Call our firm today to find out how we can fight for you: (619) 468-5222.
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