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Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination in California

At Hall Law Group, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees who face pregnancy discrimination. California has robust labor and employment laws in place to ensure that pregnant employees are treated fairly and equally in the workplace. Our goal is to help you understand your rights and to provide the support you need to combat any discrimination you may face due to pregnancy.

Legal Protections Against Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an individual is treated unfavorably in their employment due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Several federal and state laws provide comprehensive protections against such discrimination:

Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978

This federal law, an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Employers are required to treat pregnancy-related conditions in the same manner as any other temporary illness or condition.

California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

FEHA provides broader protections, prohibiting discrimination based on sex, including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. It applies to employers with five or more employees.

California Family Rights Act (CFRA)

CFRA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL)

Under PDL, pregnant employees in California are entitled to up to four months of leave for pregnancy-related disabilities.

Understanding Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination can manifest in various forms, including:

  • Hiring Practices: Refusing to hire an individual because she is pregnant or may become pregnant.

  • Adverse Employment Actions: Terminating, demoting, or otherwise treating an employee unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

  • Harassment: Subjecting an employee to offensive remarks, jokes, or other behaviors that create a hostile work environment due to pregnancy.

  • Denial of Accommodations: Failing to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions, such as allowing more frequent breaks, modifying work duties, or providing a stool or chair.

  • Leave Policies: Denying legally entitled leave or retaliating against an employee for taking or requesting leave related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Your Rights as an Employee

As an employee in California, you have several critical rights designed to protect you from pregnancy discrimination and to ensure you are treated fairly and equitably in the workplace:

Equal Treatment

You have the right to be treated the same as other employees with similar abilities or limitations, regardless of pregnancy.

Reasonable Accommodations

You are entitled to reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions. Employers must engage in a good faith interactive process to determine appropriate accommodations.

Leave Rights

You have the right to take Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) for up to four months for pregnancy-related disabilities. Additionally, under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for the birth of a child.

Protection from Retaliation

Employers are prohibited from retaliating against you for asserting your rights related to pregnancy discrimination, such as requesting accommodations or taking leave.

Job Protection

You are entitled to return to your same or a comparable position after taking leave for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

How We Can Help

Our experienced employment and labor law attorneys are committed to advocating for the rights of individuals facing pregnancy discrimination. We understand the significant impact that such discrimination can have on your career and personal well-being, and we are here to provide the support and legal expertise you need.

We offer a comprehensive range of services to support employees facing pregnancy discrimination, including:

Case Evaluation

Conducting a thorough assessment of your situation to determine the best legal strategy.

Legal Representation

Representing you in negotiations, administrative proceedings, and court if necessary.


Advocating for fair treatment and inclusive policies in your workplace.

Education and Awareness: Educating employers about their legal obligations under pregnancy discrimination laws to foster a more equitable and compliant workplace environment.

Contact Us

If you believe you have been a victim of pregnancy discrimination, we are here to help. Contact our firm today for a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Together, we can fight for your rights and ensure that you receive the justice and fair treatment you deserve.

Pregnancy is a natural and essential part of life, and it should never be a basis for discrimination. Let us stand with you in your pursuit of equality and justice in the workplace.

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