Can my employer reduce my hours to 0, if I am 8 months pregnant?

Asked on November 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, South Dakota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The landlord cannot reduce your hours *because* you are pregnant, unless there is some legitimate safety related reason (e.g. a pregnant X-ray technician could be denied hours, since her work could harm her fetus). However, being pregnant does not prevent reduction in hours for legitimate, non-pregnancy related reasons, such as the employer losing busienss and having to cut staff or hours; or if you had not been doing the job and are having hours cut for performance reasons; etc.

If you feel there are no legitimate non-pregnancy reasons for the reduction, you may have a claim for illegal emploment discrimination, and should contact your state equal/civil rights agency or speak with an employment attorney. Good luck.

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