Help Filing a Lawsuit for Pregnancy Discrimination in New York
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination
based on protected characteristics, including sex-based discrimination.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which was amended to Title VII,
denotes pregnancy discrimination as a form of sex discrimination.
According to the PDA, employers must treat pregnant women as "temporarily
disabled" and accomadate them as any other employee experiencing
a short-term disability. Additionally, the Family Medical Leave Act, allows
both mothers and fathers 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave after
Under laws that protect women from pregnancy discrimination, an employer may not:
- Fire a female employee because she is pregnant
- Refuse to hire an otherwise qualified woman because she is pregnant
- Require a pregnant employee to bring a doctor's note verifying her
inability to work when other employees are not required to follow similar
protocol if they are injured or ill
- Fail to restore an employee who just returned from pregnancy leave to her
former position or one like it
- Treat an employee differently because she is pregnant, including demoting
her, decreasing her hours, or removing privileges / responsibilities
- Enact a rule that employees may not return to work for a certain amount
of time before or after giving birth
- Penalize an employee who takes time off for prenatal doctor appointments
when other employees are not penalized when they leave for medical reasons
- Ignore an employee who is otherwise qualified for a promotion or pay raise
because she is pregnant
Strong Advocacy from a New York Employment Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney
If you have been fired or otherwise discriminated against because of your
pregnancy, talk to a
New York discrimination attorney from Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP right away. We know how to defend
your rights under the state and federal laws designed to protect you.
Call Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP today for more information.