Under Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) policy, there are significant protections for pregnant employees. Essentially, it is illegal to discriminate or retaliate against an employee due to pregnancy. Harassing and wrongfully terminating a pregnant employee is also illegal. If an employee becomes pregnant, it is her right to take a pregnancy disability leave. A doctor or other health care provider ultimately determines whether an employee is disabled by pregnancy.
It is crucial for a covered employer to provide reasonable accommodations to a pregnant employee. If an employer provides other paid leaves due to disabilities, they are also required to provide paid PDL.
Understand Your Rights to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave at Work
Such statutes as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protect the right of pregnant workers to regular medical checkups through the prenatal period, rest and time away from work as ordered by their doctor, and the right to return to work after a period of months away on pregnancy or maternity leave. Contact an experienced employment law attorney at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik for a free consultation about your legal options in the face of workplace discrimination based on pregnancy or maternity.
Call 800-568-8020 for Advice about Pregnancy Discrimination
We advise employees who have experienced pregnancy discrimination on the job. When our investigation shows that many mothers have similar complaints about their treatment at a particular company, our lawyers will consider the possibility of a class action lawsuit. We represent women all over California in workplace rights litigation under state or federal law.