Myself and another co-worker were repeatedly harassed and treated unfairly during the past 10 months when our supervisor found out we were pregnanat.

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Utah

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination. This means you can’t be fired for being pregnant or having a baby and you certainly can't be harassed because of it.

An employer also cannot single out pregnancy-related conditions to determine an employee’s ability to work. If an employee is temporarily unable to perform her job due to pregnancy, the employer must treat her the same as any other temporarily disabled employee, because pregnancy is considered a temporary disability. For example, the employer may provide modified tasks, alternative assignments, disability leave or leave without pay. 

You should consult your company’s human resources manager or the company handbook to investigate your company’s specific policy and how to file a grievance.  Otherwise, consult an attorney and bring with you all the documentation and witnesses you have.


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