Unwanted Workload Reduction and Pregnancy

Oct 9

In the new work from home era, many working mothers are facing workplace discrimination. But for those women on the brink of motherhood, another form of discrimination plagues the workplace–unwanted workload reduction due to pregnancy. If you are a pregnant worker facing unwanted workload reductions, we have legal advice for you.

Pregnant Workers Rights

Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), “discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII. Women affected by pregnancy or related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work.”

While this means that you have a right to reasonable work accommodations due to your changing medical condition, you also have a right to not accept some changes. For example, you are not required to accept workload reductions if you do not want them.

At the end of the day, you are the one who has the final say on your offered workload reductions and maternity leave. If you don’t need the reduction or don’t wish to take maternity leave, you cannot be forced to do so.

Federal, State Law Protections for Pregnant Workers, Unwanted Workload Reduction

Both federal and state laws offer protections to pregnant New York employees. These laws include:

If you are a pregnant worker in New York City, know that you don’t have to stand for such actions, even if they are masked in goodwill.

Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers Are Here For You: Unwanted Workload Reduction

As a working mother to be, you have rights, just like anyone else. If your employer is not treating you fairly or is being discriminatory against you, you need to speak out. In addition, if the employer is forcing changes in your workload because of your pregnancy, you are not required to accept it. At Brown Kwon & Lam, we will fight for your rights, and those of your family, to ensure you are treated fairly and with respect. Contact us today for a consultation.

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