Pregnancy Discrimination

Los Angeles Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys

We Fight For Clients Who Have Been Treated Unfairly at Work

At Azadegan Law Group, APC, our team of employment law attorneys is dedicated to using our talent and experience to protect the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. Although it is illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee based on pregnancy, it still occurs. That is why our legal professionals are here to assist if you have been fired, demoted, or treated differently because you are pregnant, have a medical condition related to pregnancy, or recently gave birth to a child. We proudly help clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area and beyond assert their rights to make a living and have a family, so please reach out today to discuss all of your legal options with our reputable attorneys.

Common Forms of Pregnancy Discrimination

In the state of California, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee for any of the following pregnancy-related reasons:

  • Discrimination in Job Duties: It is illegal for an employer to demote you or change an employee’s assignment due to pregnancy. The employer must allow the pregnant employee to work as long as they can perform their job duties. The employer must allow the pregnant employee to return to work if they were absent because of pregnancy or pregnancy-related health conditions.
  • Pay Discrimination: Employers can’t pay an employee less because they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • Medical Discrimination: If an employee is pregnant or plans to become pregnant, it is illegal for their employer to refuse to allow them to take leaves for medical check-ups.
  • Hiring Discrimination: Employers can’t fire or not hire someone because they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is illegal for employers to ask applicants whether they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.

FAQ: Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Question #1: Can I request workplace accommodations if I’m pregnant?

A: Employers are required to engage in an interactive process with a pregnant employee to determine reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related health advisories, such as not spending hours on your feet without a break or lifting. Employers can accommodate a pregnant employee by changing their duties or transitioning them to a temporary position that has a comparable status and salary. Failure to accommodate a pregnant employee can be grounds for a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.

Question #2: Do pregnant employees have a right to paid or unpaid leave?

A: In California, employees can take up to four months of unpaid Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL). Pregnant employees do not need to use PDL all at once and can instead use it on an as-needed basis as recommended by a health care provider. Pregnant employees might also be eligible to receive state disability insurance or Paid Family Leave (PFL) through California’s Employment Development Department.

Question #3: Can I Breast Feed at Work?

A: California employers must accommodate the needs of breastfeeding employees. This means employers need to make sure there is a private room or space in the workplace that pregnant employees can access to breastfeed or pump breast milk. Although the law doesn’t require employers to allow employees to breastfeed their infants at work, employees have a right to take breaks throughout the day if they are breastfeeding or need to pump.

Our Seasoned Attorneys Are Ready to Fight for You

Our legal team at Azadegan Law Group, APC knows that it can be stressful and overwhelming if you want to take legal action that will hold your employer accountable for pregnancy discrimination. Whether you are worried you might lose your job or you aren’t sure where to start, our compassionate legal professionals will take the time to listen to your concerns so we can help you pursue the best possible outcome.

To speak to a reputable lawyer at our firm, please give us a call today at (310) 340-1550 to request a case consultation.

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    Michael M. Yellin

    Employment Law Attorney

    Michael M. Yellin, Esq., is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California. A graduate of the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, law is Mr. Yellin's second career. Prior to law school, Mr. Yellin worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for a "Voluntary" hospital, operating under the direction of the Fire Department of New York, in New York City. While working in that capacity, Mr. Yellin was awarded the Excellent Duty Award after he and his partner entered a ...