Employment Discrimination Based Pregnancy

New York Employment Discrimination Attorneys

Wrongful Treatment Based on Pregnancy
More Than 30 Years of Experience | Millions of Dollars in Verdicts and Settlements

More than 20 years ago, Congress enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), in part to provide women with job protection when they choose to have children. Nonetheless, employers still engage in actions that unfairly discriminate against pregnant women, often in a thinly veiled attempt to remove them from the work environment before they can pursue their rights under the FMLA. If you’ve had your workload increased after announcing your pregnancy, or if your employer has made it difficult for you to take time off for scheduled doctor’s visits, you may have a discrimination claim. Talk to our experienced workplace discrimination lawyers to protect your rights.

At Leeds Brown Law, PC, we have a longstanding reputation for excellence and results in employment law claims, including cases involving discrimination in the workplace. We’ve earned that reputation through hard work, thorough preparation, and adherence to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct. Our attorneys garnered the largest sexual harassment judgment ever awarded in the New York state courts, a $15 million verdict to a victim in an employment discrimination claim.

Contact us online or call our office at 516-873-9550 or 212-661-4370 (toll-free at 1-800-585-4658) to set up an appointment. There is no cost or obligation for your first visit.

Discrimination Claims Related to Pregnancy

Under the FMLA, you are entitled to take up to 12 weeks off for the arrival of a new child in your family, whether by birth, adoption or foster care. Your employer cannot deny you the right to take the leave, and cannot tell you that your job might not be waiting when you return. Even if your employer filled your job, you must be given one that is similar in nature and comparable in pay. You are also entitled to the same job benefits you had before you took FMLA leave.

Because most employers know of the restrictions set forth in the FMLA, their actions can often be subtle, including:

  • Failure to include you on important communications, so that you appear less prepared or involved in your work
  • Pressure to “finish your work” before you go on maternity leave
  • Shortening of deadlines on projects
  • The imposition of a performance improvement plan, with questionable allegations of substandard performance

Our Representation of Women in Pregnancy-Related Discrimination Claims

We aggressively fight for women who have been victims of unfair or different treatment because they are pregnant. We’ll carefully gather and preserve the evidence to support your claim, and will prepare and file the documents necessary to prosecute your case. We’ll also be a strong voice for you in all hearings and proceedings.

Our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to anyone who has experienced discrimination in the workplace. To set up an appointment, call our office at 516-873-9550 or 212-661-4370 (toll-free at 1-800-585-4658) or contact us online.

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