ARE YOU WORKING WHILE PREGNANT OR ON MATERNITY LEAVE?
PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE IS AGAINST THE LAW
In Massachusetts, there are significant protections in place if you are pregnant or on maternity leave and in the workplace. Discrimination based on your pregnancy or pregnancy related condition is not tolerated and considered a form of gender discrimination.
If you are pregnant, experiencing a pregnancy related condition, your employer cannot discriminate against you because of your pregnancy, including failing to hire you, on the basis that you are expecting.
You also have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of your leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act.
Have You Been Passed over for Promotion, Demoted, or Penalized Because of Your Pregnancy or Maternity Leave?
- Were you asked if you were pregnant and then denied the job?
- Has your boss/superior made commertts concerning your pregnancy?
- Has your boss/superior been upset when you have needed to take time off for your condition?
- Has there been a sudden increase in writeups and/or discipline?
- Are other non-pregnant workers with less experience being given better assignments?
- Has your boss/superior been upset at your requests for additional leave after you gave birth?
Unsure Whether You’re a Victim of Discrimination
If you are unsure whether you ‘re a victim of discrimination consider keeping a journal of each event that you feel is discriminatory and seek a no fee consultation with the Law Office of Feener & Wehrli LLC.