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It is unfortunate that, oftentimes, many working women face discrimination, retaliation and other unacceptable and illegal treatment related to their pregnancy or their desire to have children. Pregnancy discrimination is a problem in today’s workplace and its negative affects have been known to negatively affect the health of a pregnant mother or unborn children. Oftentimes, it is a pattern and practice of an employer to discriminate against all pregnant employees or pregnant job applicants because of pregnancy. Under the federal and state law, a qualified pregnant job applicant or pregnant employee is not required to prove that the employer acted intentionally or with any ill will. However, under the law, an employer is not required to treat persons affected by a pregnancy better than others.

  • Did an employer refuse to hire you because you are pregnant?
  • Did your employer harass and treat you with hostility after learning that you were pregnant?
  • Did your employer harass and treat you with hostility after learning that you were pregnant and NOT MARRIED?
  • Did your employer fire you or lay you off because you are/were pregnant?
  • Did you get turned down for a job promotion or salary increase because of your pregnant status?
  • Did your employer discriminate against you, take adverse employment actions or terminate your job after learning that you wanted to give birth to children and raise a family?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination in Employment Act of 1978, and the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1978, prohibit pregnancy discrimination and retaliation against a pregnant employee because of her pregnant status or because she objected to an employer’s unfair treatment of her because of her pregnancy. Under the PDA and Florida law, it is illegal for an employer to:

  • Discriminate against an employee because she is pregnant AND unmarried;
  • Deny benefits because of pregnancy;
  • Refuse to hire, or fire, a person because she is pregnant;
  • Subject a pregnant employee to harassment and more adverse terms of employment than others because she is pregnant;
  • Subject an employee to harassment and more adverse terms of employment than others because she may become pregnant;
  • Discriminate against pregnant employees when awarding employee fringe benefits;
  • Require an employee to take mandatory maternity leave because of her pregnancy.

If you have experienced pregnancy discrimination, retaliation, harassment or the termination of your job because of your pregnancy, you may have a legal claim under the PDA and Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992. To request a Free Case Review, either call us at 904.434.7553 or complete our contact form.