Pregnancy, maternity and paternity discrimination is not uncommon in many industries, and often occurs in subtle ways. While few employers will admit outright that pregnancy influences their hiring decisions, the discrimination faced by pregnant women, new mothers and fathers requesting paternity leave is very real. If you’ve been the victim of pregnancy discrimination, the attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. may be able to help. Our employment lawyers can review your case and assess your options for moving forward, so that you can both protect the interests of your growing family and potentially make the workplace safer for all parents.
What Is Pregnancy Discrimination?
Pregnancy discrimination takes many forms and is not just limited to denying employment to someone who is expecting. In fact, pregnancy discrimination cases have been successfully brought against employers with a pattern of refusing to hire or promote women in certain age groups who are likely to become pregnant in the near future. Other forms of discrimination include:
- Refusing to recognize the rights of new mothers and fathers to parental leave guaranteed to them under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Demoting or marginalizing pregnant women or women returning from maternity leave.In short, any sort of treatment that denies opportunities to new parents or pregnant women can potentially be grounds for a pregnancy discrimination complaint.
Filing a Complaint
There are a several different options for proceeding with a complaint; a pregnancy discrimination lawyer will determine whether your case should proceed at the state or federal level and how best to move forward. Often, the process will begin with a petition to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission (PHRC). This creates a permanent record of the complaint that can be accessed by prospective employees and used in future legal actions.
Going to Court
After filing a complaint with either employment board, it may be necessary to take your employer to either state or federal court. A court case can be long and drawn out, and often an employer will be induced to settle and avoid the hassle. Ultimately, a thorough review of your case by a qualified pregnancy discrimination attorney will be required to determine the best way to move forward. McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. will assess your case for free and may be able to help you file the necessary paperwork and represent you either in court or at the negotiating table.
Our pregnancy discrimination attorneys have over 40 years of combined experience representing clients in all manner of employment law cases. We have the experience necessary to fight for the rights of expectant and new mothers and fathers; if you’ve been wrongfully terminated, denied a promotion or refused the leave period you are entitled to by law, call us first.
McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. is qualified and ready to represent clients throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania. Contact our office today for more information or to book your consultation.