Columbus Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer
Employers are prohibited by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, from discriminating against employees due to pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions related to being pregnant. The PDA applies to employers with at least 15 employees and specifically requires that women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions be treated the same for all employment-related purposes by their employers.
In addition to the federal protections under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws also prohibit an employer from engaging in discriminatory actions with pregnant employees and provide legal remedies to those who are subjected to such unlawful conduct. While the PDA requires an employer to have 15 employees for the federal discrimination laws to apply, Ohio’s employment discrimination laws apply to any employer with at least 4 employees.
Additionally, larger companies and employers with at least 50 employees may also violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) by failing to provide time off or leave to pregnant employees who qualify for FMLA leave. So there are often several laws to consider when an employer has treated a pregnant employee differently than non-pregnant employees.
If you or your loved one have possibly been subjected to discrimination or differing treatment due to pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions, your employer may have violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”). Contact a pregnancy discrimination attorney at Contreras Law today to discuss your legal options. You may have a valid PDA claim and speaking with an Ohio pregnancy discrimination attorney will ensure you know your rights.