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Understanding pregnancy discrimination

If you are an employed pregnant woman in Washington, you are no doubt trying to reach a balance between fulfilling your job with pride and caring for your growing body. This is equally true once you have given birth to your baby and hope to maintain an equilibrium between your career and your family. Unfortunately, there are times when an employer may treat you in a negative manner due to your current situation. We here at Cooney Law Offices P.S. understand how pregnancy discrimination laws protect women. 

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer behaves unfavorably towards a current employee or a job applicant based upon her pregnancy, childbirth or a condition related to one of those two. This is forbidden, including when it comes to things such as:

  •       Hiring, firing or layoff
  •       Job assignments or promotions
  •       Salary
  •       Fringe benefits like leave or health insurance
  •       Training

Despite most companies attempting to be more accommodating to women and families, you may find that you are in an employment situation that is negatively affecting you due to one of the above treatments. This discrimination is unfortunately widespread and can make it difficult for you to go on about your daily workload. You also want to be sure that you are not engaging in any physical activity that could have a detrimental effect on your body or your baby. 

Fortunately, you are protected during pregnancy and childbirth against unfavorable treatment based upon your gestational condition. More information about the employment law protections afforded by pregnancy discrimination laws is available on our web site. 

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