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Pregnancy, discrimination and your rights as an Oregon employee

Pregnancy is an exciting time for many Oregon families, and if you are expecting, this is a joyous time in your life as you prepare for your family to grow. However, your employer may not view your current condition in the same light, and your work environment may become much more difficult for you over the next several months.

From inappropriate comments to blatant discrimination, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate or mistreat workers and potential hires because of pregnancy. If you believe that you are the victim of unfair hiring practices or workplace discrimination, you may have the right to take legal action against the responsible parties.

How to know if you are a victim

It can be difficult to determine if what you experienced in the workplace falls into the category of pregnancy discrimination. You may be a victim if you are dealing with any of the following:

  • Loss of deserved promotion
  • Lack of reasonable accommodations by your employer
  • Reduction or loss of medical insurance coverage
  • Passed over when applying for job
  • Reduction of pay and other benefits
  • Denial of rightful disability leave

These are just some of the many ways that you could experience various types of mistreatment as a result of your pregnancy. A complete evaluation of your case can determine if you are a victim of discrimination.

Your rights as a pregnant worker

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act provides certain rights to pregnant employees. This act makes it illegal for an employer to show any type of discrimination or unfair treatment to a pregnant woman as it relates to pay, benefits, hiring, promotions, disability leave, family leave, training, layoffs and more.

This means that if you are a victim of discrimination, you have valid grounds to move forward with a civil claim against your employer. You have the right to a workplace free from harassment and the right to work without fear of losing your job because you are pregnant. In some cases, it is necessary to fight to protect these entitlements.

How can you fight back?

If you are pregnant and experiencing what you believe to be discrimination at work, you may find it beneficial to seek legal support from an experienced attorney. Your legal ally can evaluate your case, determine if your employer violated federal employment law and help you fight back. If you have a rightful claim to compensation, it is best to take quick action to protect your interests.

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