Pregnancy Discrimination

New York Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers

Women in New York are protected protected from pregnancy discrimination at work under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL).  Employers may not make decisions based on your pregnancy, child birth, or a related condition rather than skills or job performance.

This is one area of workplace discrimination in which women are solely targeted. Discriminating against an employee for present or future pregnancies can begin as early as in a job interview and can continue throughout the duration of one’s employment. It is against the law to ask at any time if you are planning on getting pregnant, nor are employers allowed to discriminate against you because you might get pregnant.

Other examples of pregnancy discrimination include:

  • Refusing to hire you for open positions because you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • Firing or demoting you because you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • Supervisor attempts to slowly phase out employee as due date approaches
  • Threaten you by not being asked to return at the same or similar job after maternity leave

If you suspect that you are being denied the same promotions or benefits as your colleagues due to a present or future pregnancy, or are concerned about losing your job due to maternity leave, call us to learn about how we can help if you’re facing pregnancy discrimination.

Pregnancy Discrimination is Illegal. You Have Rights

As with other types of discrimination, actions designed to sabotage one’s employment resulting from pregnancy-related discrimination may be subtle or difficult to detect. For example, although taking maternity leave may not have immediately jeopardized your job, you may discover that you missed out on raises and promotions in the time you were gone. One should not be regarded as less deserving of such opportunities as a result of becoming a parent. If you feel that you were passed over due to a pregnancy, contact our office.