How do I handle hour cuts once my manager found out that I was pregnant?

I am working at a catering company and since employment had overtime with no issues, but called in sick 2 times in my first trimester because of morning sickness. I am capable of doing my job, more capable and experienced than the newly hired people, but since they found out, I am the only employee getting my hours cut. While everyone else gets at least 2 hours over 8 a day, I am getting scheduled later and later, leaving me with little to no work, barely getting my 8 hours. Since morning sickness has worn off, I have been working at the same pace as prior to my pregnancy and am still being cut early, scheduled later and have been given the tasks that should be assigned to the less experienced people. I am wondering what my legal actions are. Unfortunately for me, the owners have friends in high places in this city, but I am not afraid to take them to court over discrimination, as it seems pretty clear what the agenda is.

Asked on October 16, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Based on what you write--especially the fact that you *can* work--this appears to be illegal discrimination: an employer may not cut a pregnant woman's hours simply because she is pregnant. (Discriminating against pregnant women is seen as illegal anti-woman discrimination, since only women get pregnant.) If the owners have friends in "high places" in the city, that doesn't really make a difference, since you can and should contact not a city agency, but either your state's equal/civil rights agency or the federal EEOC about filing a complaint--you don't need to involve the city in this.

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