Ohio Employment attorney and Cincinnati pregnancy discrimination lawyer reviewing labor violations on behalf of plaintiffs

Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace exists more than 40 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed by Congress, and the lives of working women are still largely interrupted by unlawful and unethical employer behavior.

Work discrimination results in economic and financial losses, as well as careers derailed and destroyed. Between 1997 and 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported a 50 percent increase in the number of pregnancy discrimination claims. The number of discrimination claims hasn’t changed much since that legal report.

Fortunately, victims of pregnancy discrimination can come forward, contact a Cincinnati work discrimination lawyer and file lawsuits against a negligent employer and company.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio employment lawyer and hostile work environment attorney representing plaintiffs in a wide variety of workplace harassment and discrimination claims.

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Workplace pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer discriminates against an employee on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related time away from work. Discrimination claims may be a result of a denial of time off or unreasonable demands from pregnant employees.

Employers may be liable for the firing or demoting of a pregnant employee, restricting a pregnant employee at work, and taking actions against an employee for a pregnancy-related medical condition.

Pregnancy discrimination is prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and can be enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Discrimination can include the following actions:

  • Refusing to hire a pregnant applicant
  • Terminating or demoting a pregnant employee
  • Denying the same or a similar job to a pregnant employee when she returns from leave
  • Treating a pregnant employee differently than other temporarily disabled employees
  • Failing to grant a male employee insurance coverage for his spouse’s pregnancy related conditions if a female employee’s husband has comprehensive health insurance coverage through the same company plan

Contact a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer

Lawsuits have been filed and large settlements have been reached following cases of workplace discrimination. Recently, Humana Inc. agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination case to a former field service coordinator.

The plaintiff was promoted three times, and reached the position of regional executive director. In 2014, she took a leave of absence  under the Family and Medical Leave Act. When she returned to work, the Humana supervisor canceled numerous appointments with her, and was later terminated wrongfully.

If you work in a hostile work environment or have been discriminated against at the workplace due to gender or pregnancy, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a Cincinnati  fair labor lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding workplace discrimination lawsuits.