Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace
Pregnancy can be a time of great joy and excitement when mothers-to-be and their partners are planning for their future and looking forward to welcoming their new baby. For working parents, this time is filled with happiness, as well as some anxiety or stress as they contemplate continuing in their successful careers, balancing financial concerns, addressing childcare needs, and taking steps to find a comfortable work-life balance. Some working mothers may be unsure how to inform their employer of a pregnancy or request maternity leave. Some may fear retaliation from their employer in the form of a demotion, denied accommodations, or even termination. In addition, some women may be in the midst of a job search and concerned about a prospective employer’s reaction to their pregnancy.
Whether you are currently employed, in the midst of a job search, or returning to work after a maternity or paternity leave, you have the right to be treated fairly by your employer. You have the right to feel confident that your pregnancy will not negatively impact your ability to contribute at work or change your career path. Working mothers have the right to take time off necessary to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Parents have the right to return to work following maternity or paternity leave without the stress of experiencing unlawful pregnancy discrimination or retaliation from coworkers, management, or their HR department.
If you have concerns or questions about discrimination or harassment at work in connection with your pregnancy, our experienced pregnancy discrimination lawyers in Minnesota at Halunen Law can help. Our employment attorneys understand the devastating emotional, and financial impact pregnancy discrimination may have on you and your family. They will listen to your concerns and will not hesitate to enforce your employment rights or hold your employer accountable for any adverse actions taken against you.