Workers across California have a right to work in an environment that is free from hostility. Sadly, this is not always the case and employees can face discrimination.
Discrimination can take on many forms, such as sexism, racism, ableism and the stereotyping of other protected characteristics. One form of discrimination that can sometimes go under the radar is the discrimination of pregnant women. Women who have fallen pregnant can find themselves being singled out, isolated and even abused. Part of preventing this phenomenon is to recognize the warning signs. Outlined below are some common forms of pregnancy discrimination.
Inappropriate comments about their pregnancy
Rude and offensive comments make up one of the more harmful types of pregnancy discrimination. This type of behavior can come from anyone, but it is typically management and fellow employees who partake. Hostile comments that aim to degrade, humiliate or intimidate a woman because of her pregnancy are discriminatory and state law prohibits this.
Singling out pregnant women for termination
Although pregnant women are not immune from being fired for legitimate reasons, it is often the case that they are unfairly chosen because of their pregnancy. Not only is this unfair, but it is unlawful. If it can be established that a person was fired on the sole basis of maternity issues, then a claim for wrongful termination may be pursued.
Every employee in California has the legal right to work in an environment that is free from discrimination. If you are pregnant and feel that your rights have been violated, then there are options open to you.