CA Pregnancy Leave

I am an employer of a new company (6 mos) with only 15 employees. I have an employee who has been put off work 4 months before her due date for medical reasons. It will be very difficult to hold her job for a total of 6 months for her. Can I legally terminate her with the understanding that if we have a position available when she is ready to return to work we will re-hire her?

Asked on June 16, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, California


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You cannot fire someone for pregnancy -- it is actually quite discriminatory -- it makes no difference if you are a new company or not.  Contact the California Dept of Industrial relations because California actually has disability for pregnant women that other states do not have.

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