Pregnant women are protected from discrimination in the workplace. It is illegal to fire or fail to hire a woman because she is pregnant. Pregnancy discrimination also 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. Fathers/co-parents are also entitled to paternity leave if they are covered by the FMLA.
Effective June 27, 2023, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act now requires employers with more than 15 employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees unless those accommodations would cause an undue hardship, very similar to an employer's duty to accommodate a disability.
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 and similar laws. If you believe that you have been a victim of workplace pregnancy discrimination, contact our Pittsburgh law firm for an evaluation of your case.