The Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination lawyers at Riggins Law, have represented numerous employees in pregnancy discrimination lawsuits throughout Los Angeles County. Our pregnancy discrimination lawyers are well versed in the various pregnancy leave laws and pregnancy discrimination laws.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) makes it unlawful for Los Angeles employers to discriminate against female employees because of pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions. This means, for example, that employers cannot terminate a female employee for taking pregnancy or maternity leave, fire or refuse to hire a woman because she had an abortion, or demote a female employee for requesting accommodations for her pregnancy. Employees who believes they are being discriminated against because of their pregnancy should contact a pregnancy discrimination lawyer immediately.
Pregnancy Leave Laws
In California, pregnancy leave is governed by a few key laws: Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL). While the pregnancy leave laws in California can seem complicated, it’s important for expecting mothers to understand their rights to leave under California and federal law.
Under California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”), a Los Angeles employer is required to provide an employee disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition up to four (4) months of job protected leave. This four months of leave guaranteed by the PDLL has consistently been interpreted as a floor, not a ceiling. This means that a Los Angeles employer may be required to grant an extended leave of absence, beyond the four (4) months provided under the PDLL, for a female employee who continues to be disabled by their pregnancy.
Under California Family Rights Act (CFRA), after an employee has given birth, she may be entitled to an addition twelve (12) weeks of leave for reasons of the birth of a child. In order to be eligible for leave under CFRA, a Los Angeles employee must: (1) have been employed by the employer for at least 12 months as of the date leave commences, (2) worked at least 1,250 hours for the employer during the previous 12-month period, and (3) been employed at a worksite where the employer had at least 50 employees within 75 miles radius.
Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles
If your employer has discriminated against you because of your pregnancy, denied you pregnancy disability leave, or refused to provide you reasonable accommodations during your pregnancy, we can help. Contact our office today and a pregnancy discrimination lawyer will assess your individual situation and discuss the appropriate legal remedies.