If my job refuses to schedule me because I’m pregnant and because my doctor put me on light duty, is this legal?

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If my job refuses to schedule me because I’m pregnant and because my doctor put me on light duty, is this legal?

My job told me im not laid off or fired they won’t put me on the schedule because my doctor put me on light duty. I have worked there before pregnant and have had no problems.

Asked on June 25, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your employer is in violation of several Federal laws.  Pregnancy is treated just like any other disability and your employer must make "reasonable accomodations."  That means that your employer must not cut your hours at all.  They can change your position, tasks, etc. based on your ability but are not allowed to cut your hours.  They can even be required to invent new job positions for you to fill.  I would point out the law to them and demand to be scheduled, work with them to create a productive role that you can fill within the company, and if they don't comply--then get an attorney because you have a good case here. 

For more information this website is helpful (http://labor-employment-law.lawyers.com/employment-discrimination/Pregnancy-Discrimination.html)

Best of luck!


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