Workplace discrimination is nothing new for California residents who have been discriminated against for attributes like their race, gender or sexual orientation. Pregnancy discrimination is another type of rights violation that women experience at their places of work.
Hiring and firing discrimination
Two of the most common types of pregnancy discrimination that women face are in regards to hiring and firing. Employers who will not hire a woman because she is pregnant are considered violating the law. As long as the pregnant woman is a qualified candidate for the position, their pregnancy should not be considered in the decision.
Employers who decide not to hire a pregnant woman because they don’t want to disrupt their operations workflow or because they have assumptions about how childbirth will change the woman’s behavior are in violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Similarly, employers who opt for firing pregnant employees for the reasoning that they won’t be able to do their job or they believe their health and safety are at risk during pregnancy are violating the PDA.
Pumping breast milk at the office
New mothers may choose to feed their children breast milk. As these new moms are at work, they will still need to pump out their breast milk at specific intervals. The Affordable Care Act is there to help mothers who are working for companies that have more than 50 employees.
The ACA specifies that the employer must provide a private and safe place, other than a restroom, for a woman to use her breast pump, and employers must allow employees regular intervals to pump throughout the day. Employers with over 50 employees who don’t provide these two necessities are in violation of the Affordable Care Act.
Understanding the various examples of pregnancy discrimination can help you to determine whether or not you’re experiencing unlawful discrimination at your place of work. If you’re not completely sure, it’s advisable to talk to an attorney to see if your rights have been violated.