You have the right to be treated equally regardless of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. Pregnancy discrimination may also occur when an employer has policies or practices that exclude women from particular jobs because they could become pregnant. You have certain protections if you become pregnant, give birth, or have a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. If you are temporarily unable to perform your job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, your employer must treat you in the same way other temporarily disabled workers would be treated.

Conditions resulting from pregnancy may be considered disabilities. Your employer may have to provide you with reasonable accommodations in this case. Also, the law may allow you up to 12 weeks of leave to care for a new child, if you are eligible and your employer is covered.

You have the right to file a complaint or a Charge of Discrimination, participate in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit, or oppose harassment or discrimination without being retaliated against by your employer.

What this means for you

Employers are not allowed to discriminate against you based on the fact that:

  • you are pregnant,
  • you were pregnant,
  • you could become pregnant, or intend to become pregnant, or
  • you have a medical condition that is related to pregnancy.

Examples of discrimination

In general, this means that you cannot be:

  • fired,
  • rejected for a job or promotion,
  • given lesser assignments,
  • forced to take leave, or
  • otherwise disciplined

because of a pregnancy.

Questions? We’re here to help.

We are committed to helping you understand your rights as a worker. Many questions about your rights may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisor:

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) work together to coordinate investigations of complaints.

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Learn about filing a complaint

We’ll help you decide what to do next and determine whether filing a complaint is the best course of action. You must file a complaint within a certain timeframe to take further legal action, so it is best to begin the process early.

Please note that it is illegal for your employer to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting an issue to the OFCCP or EEOC.

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