Most employers understand that mothers need some time away from work to care for a newborn baby. In other situations, expecting mothers may require time away from work due to medical restrictions. Federal laws are in place to ensure that expecting mothers have adequate time to care for newborns. In spite of these laws, some employers take adverse actions against pregnant women, or women who have just given birth. Carter Law Offices is dedicated to representing women who have been the victims of employment discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. Our pregnancy discrimination lawyers take great pride in giving a voice to those who cannot stand up for their own rights.
If you've faced discrimination by your employer because you are pregnant or have recently had a child, call us today at 816-283-3500 for a free consultation to discuss your situation.
Federal Laws Protect Most Expecting Mothers
The Family and Medical Leave Act applies to most employers. This law gives employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under a number of circumstances, including pregnancy. Many expecting mothers use the FMLA to care for a child immediately after the child is born. One feature of the FMLA is that employers are required to reinstate employees to the same job, or an equivalent job, upon their return from leave. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires that employers treat pregnant women in the same way they would treat other employees.
Pregnant Women and Discrimination in the Workplace
Unfortunately, many women return from leave to find that their original job has been filled, or that they are "not needed anymore." In other cases, pregnant women are treated differently than other employees, in violation of the law. Carter Law Offices has represented many victims of unlawful discrimination throughout Kansas City and beyond. We know that in most cases, employers will use some kind of pretense in an attempt to explain away their actions. We will get to the facts of the matter to show what really happened and recover the damages you are entitled to under the law. These damages can include reinstatement, back pay, front pay and damages for emotional distress. Punitive damages may also apply.
Call Carter Law Offices
If you were fired, demoted or suffered some other adverse action at your job because of a pregnancy, our employment law attorneys can help you protect your rights. To schedule a free consultation at our Kansas City law office, contact us online or call 816-283-3500.