Being a Pregnant Worker During a Pandemic

Jun 16, 2020

Are you currently working during the coronavirus while pregnant? Are you worried that you will soon have to decide between being laid off or comprising your already taxed immune system to continue making ends meet financially? Do you suspect that you have been discriminated against by your employer because you are pregnant? Rastegar Law Group empathizes with your situation and aims to help you stay informed of your pregnant worker’s rights during these uncertain times.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Americans With Disabilities Act

Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, you are entitled to workplace accommodations if your business of employment has 15 or more employees.

Additionally, if you have an underlying health condition such as gestational diabetes or experiencing a high-risk pregnancy AND work for an employer with 15 or more employees, you fall under the protection of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Americans With Disabilities Act requires your employer to provide reasonable accommodations upon your request.

What are reasonable workplace accommodations?

Examples of workplace accommodations you can request during your pregnancy include:

  • Giving you additional protective gear
  • Make changes to your workspace to reduce contact with the public
  • Switching you from in-person work to telework
  • Modifying your work schedule
  • Temporarily changing your job duties

I have been fired and/or my hours have been cut short because I am pregnant. What can I do?

Many pregnant women have experienced unfair job terminations, shorter work schedules, and/or been forced out of the workplace due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you are one of these women, your employer may have violated the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act or state civil rights laws. According to these laws, your employer legally cannot treat you differently from other employees because of your pregnant status.

If you believe you have experienced any of these situations, talking to an attorney at Rastegar Law Group can be helpful. Our attorneys are experienced in helping women who have faced pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and other employment related claims. Rastegar Law Group attorneys are happy to help you learn more about your rights to reasonable accommodations and compensation during your pregnancy. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we charge no fee until and unless we recover for you.

San Diego and Los Angeles Employment Attorneys

If you are in need of an employment attorney, contact Rastegar Law Group today for a free and confidential consultation. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we charge no fee until and unless we recover for you. You can contact us online or call us at (310) 961-9600.

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