What to do if I was offered a job on the phone today but before accepting I told disclosed that I was 10 weeks pregnant and the offer was immediately pulled?

Asked on June 12, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor


1) Contact the federal Equal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your state civil rights/equal rights commission or department, and/or

2) Speak with a private attorney about bringing a lawsuit.

Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against women on the basis of pregnancy. Therefore, you may have a claim for illegal discrimination, and might be entitled to monetary compensation, unless there is some legitimate health/safety reason for denying you employment (e.g. it's a pharmaceutical manufacturing or chemical manufacturing plant, or a radiological lab, or some other place where it is unsafe for a pregnant woman--an employer does not need to risk your health or expose itselt to significant potential liability).

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