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Pregnant women are protected by federal and state law from harassment and discrimination in the workplace. An employer cannot fire or fail to hire a woman because she is pregnant. Pregnancy discrimination includes an employer taking action against an employee because of assumptions about what pregnant women typically do, or should do.
Employers with at least 50 employees within 75 miles are required under the FMLA to provide up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave for pregnancy and for the birth of a child, once the employee has been employed for at least one year and has worked 1250 hours in the previous year. Male employees are also entitled to paternity leave if they are covered by the FMLA.
While employers are not always required to provide accommodations, such as light duty, to pregnant women, they may be required to do so if they provide accommodations to non-pregnant workers. Also, if your pregnancy causes a disability, you may be entitled to an accommodation.
The Pittsburgh pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Elzer Law Firm are here to help you during this important time in your life. Attorney Christine T. Elzer is very experienced in litigating cases under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. If you believe that you have been a victim of workplace pregnancy discrimination, contact our Pittsburgh law firm for a free evaluation of your case.