All across America, pregnant employees are often forced to choose between their health and their jobs. Even in 2012, these types of unconscionable choices still exist across nearly every job sector, especially in jobs that are physically demanding. In Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama women were fired simply because they could no longer lift heavy objects during their pregnancy. This goes directly against the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and companies who routinely discriminate against pregnant employees should be punished.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 makes it illegal for employers to treat pregnant women differently from other employees who have similar limitations. For example: If a company would allow an employee with a back condition to spend more time at a desk, then they must give pregnant women the same accommodations.
Unfortunately, companies across the Unites States routinely ignore this mandate and fire pregnant employees who are unable to temporarily perform their jobs. In Kansas, for example, a pregnant employee was fired simply for carrying a water bottle around on the job. She needed the water in order to stay hydrated during her pregnancy and prevent infection, yet the courts upheld that this was not considered pregnancy discrimination. Decisions like these by the courts have opened the door for employers to routinely treat pregnant workers worse than other employees. This is unfair – and against the law.
If you have been fired from your job or are being treated unfairly in the workplace simply because you are pregnant, it is important to contact an experienced Washington employee rights lawyer immediately. The law is on your side. In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has designated pregnancy discrimination an enforcement priority for the next four years. At Phillips Law Offices, our Washington employee rights lawyers understand the complexities surrounding employee discrimination. In addition, we know how difficult it can be for pregnant women who are fired to find work while they are pregnant. We believe strongly that pregnancy should not be a cause for termination. Fair allowances, such as sitting at a chair, frequent breaks, water bottles, and lifting restrictions should be available for pregnant employees and for other employees who have temporary medical limitations.
If you or someone you love was fired or discriminated against because of a pregnancy in Seattle, Bellevue, or anywhere in the State of Washington, call Phillips Law Firm at 1-800-708-6000. Our Washington employee rights lawyers are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.