Pregnancy Leave & Discrimination

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an woman because they are pregnant. State and Federal laws protect women against this form of discrimination in all aspects of employment, including interviewing, hiring, discharge and promoting.

Orange County Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers

The California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”) requires California employers to provide up to four (4) months of leave for employees actually disabled by pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. This leave can be taken all at once or intermittently. It is important to note that California’s PDLL requires California employers to provide up to four (4) months of leave for employees actually disabled by pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions even if the employer’s policies do not grant employees suffering from other short-term disabilities a similar amount of leave. In other words, unlike the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Law (“PDL”), California’s PDLL requires that California employers give pregnant workers special, rather than simply equal treatment.

After Your Child Is Born

In California, once the employee has given birth she may be entitled to an additional 12-weeks of leave “for the reason of the birth of a child” under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), which is California’s version of the FMLA. Entitlement to CFRA leave for birth of a child depends on, 1) whether the employer employs more than 50 employees within a seventy five mile radius; and 2) Whether the employee worked more than 1250 hours in the 12 months preceding the first day of the requested CFRA leave or any pregnancy disability leave; and 3) Whether the employee has more than one year of service with the employer.

If you feel that you have experienced pregnancy discrimination on your job, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable employment law attorney immediately.

Call Farnell & Norman, PC at (949) 553-1300 to speak with a pregnancy discrimination attorney or fill out the form to the right for a prompt reply.

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