Being pregnant is not necessarily considered a medical condition; it is natural. Unfortunately, for some women, medical conditions do arise as a result of their pregnancies. To make matters worse, some women experience employment discrimination at their places of work because of their pregnancies. When this happens, they may seek compensation for their losses by filing claims in a California civil court.
What exactly is pregnancy discrimination? According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, pregnancy discrimination is when an employer treats a woman in an unfavorable manner because she is pregnant, has a pregnancy-related medical condition or gives birth. Employers are prohibited from firing, refusing to hire, demoting, refusing to promote or offering subpar benefits to women who are pregnant.
How can one prove one is a victim of pregnancy discrimination? This is the hard part of any discrimination case. Sometimes, these cases come down to the victim's take on the situation. Sometimes, there is a paper trail or witnesses who support the victim's claim.
Women in California who believe that they are the victims of pregnancy-related employment discrimination have the right to take a stand. They have the right to seek compensation for their losses. Those who think they have a case can turn to an experienced employment law attorney for a case review and guidance on the matter. If proceeding with a legal claim is deemed an appropriate course of action, legal counsel can help the client seek maximum relief through either out-of-court negotiations or litigation.