Discrimination protections for pregnant women in the workplace

As an expectant Missouri mother and a member of the workforce, you have certain rights, and one of them includes the right to a workplace free from discrimination relating to your condition. At Hollingshead & Dudley Trial Lawyers, we have a firm understanding of what constitutes pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and we have advocated on behalf of many clients who have experienced this type of unlawful discrimination on the job.

Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act essentially dictates that any accommodations your employer makes for workers with non-pregnancy-related temporary disabilities must also be made for you. For example, if your employer grants certain benefits to other workers who take disability leave, whether with or without pay, those same benefits must be available to you.

The same is true for health insurance. If the health insurance you receive through your place of employment pays for medical expenditures relating to disabilities that have nothing to do with pregnancy, the insurance must also cover expenditures you accrue because of your pregnant condition. Similarly, if your employer makes accommodations for other temporarily disabled employees who cannot perform their typical duties by giving them a lighter workload, for example, he or she must again do the same for you.

Once your child is born, your employer must also make certain accommodations for you as far as parental leave, provided your place of business employs a given number of employees and you have worked there for at least a year. Your employer, per the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, must allow you to take up to 12 weeks of maternity leave, though it may be unpaid. More information about workplace discrimination is available on our website.

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