Helping Victims of Pregnancy Discrimination in Miami-Dade County & Beyond
Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace involves treating female applicants or employees less favorably on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. There are federal, state, and local laws that prohibit pregnancy discrimination. Under federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (“PDA”), and under state law, the Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”), which apply to employers with 15 or more employees, employers cannot discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. In addition, the PDA and FCRA also require that employers treat females affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions the same way it treats non-pregnant employees who are similarly situated. In Miami-Dade County, for example, similar protections apply to employers that have 5 or more employees.
Some examples of pregnancy discrimination include: (1) refusing to hire a pregnant applicant; (2) terminating or refusing to promote a pregnant employee, and (3) demoting a pregnant employee when she returns to work after a pregnancy-related leave. In addition, a pregnancy-related condition like morning sickness or childbirth may be considered a temporary disability. As such, an employer must provide the same benefits and treatment it offers to applicants or employees with other temporary disabilities.
Lawyers from BT Law Group have extensive experience advising clients about, and litigating, claims of pregnancy discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, please contact the attorneys at BT Law Group for a consultation.