Pregnancy Discrimination

The New York City pregnancy discrimination attorneys of Risman & Risman, P.C. are thoroughly experienced and ready to help you enforce your rights and protections under the Federal, New York State and New York City’s pregnancy discrimination laws.

Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex and gender discrimination under the Federal (Title VII), New York State (New York Executive Law), New York City (New York City Human Rights Law) and New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Pregnancy discrimination is per se unjust and illegal, and our New York City pregnancy discrimination attorneys are ready to fight and preserve your rights under these laws.

Pregnant employees must be permitted to work as long as they are able to perform their jobs. If an employee has been absent from work as a result of a pregnancy-related condition and recovers, her employer may not demand that she stay out of work until the baby is born. Additionally, an employer may not have a rule that prohibits an employee from returning to work for a predetermined length of time after childbirth. Employers must hold open a job for a pregnancy-related absence the same length of time jobs are held open for employees on sick or disability leave. Severe morning sickness, doctor-ordered bed rest, childbirth, recovery from childbirth and other related medical conditions, are also covered under the law.

Some Common Examples of Pregnancy Discrimination:

–    You are a well-qualified candidate for a position, but a company refuses to hire you because you are pregnant or perceive you are pregnant, or they tell you to come back when you are ready to work after you have your child.

–    You returned from pregnancy-related leave and your employer refused to give you the same or a similar position you held before your leave.

–  Your employer fired or demoted you, or took away all your responsibilities, immediately after learning that you are pregnant, although you are still able to work for several more months.

Reasonable Accommodation Mandated by New York City

Additionally, the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act now requires that employers  provide reasonable accommodation for pregnant employees, as long as such accommodation is not unduly burdensome on the employer. Our attorneys will be able to assess your particular circumstances to determine how to assist you in ensuring that an accommodation is provided by the employer as required by law.

Contact a Seasoned and Qualified Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney

Of course, there are many other ways pregnancy discrimination can rear its ugly head. The New York City pregnancy discrimination attorneys of Risman & Risman, P.C. are eager to discuss your concerns with you. There is no charge for the consultation. Please feel free to call us at (212) 233-6400 or contact us online.