Los Angeles & Sherman Oaks Sex & Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys
Discriminating against workers on the basis of their gender, their state of pregnancy or a recent pregnancy is illegal. Unfortunately, however, sex and pregnancy discrimination occurs all too often in American workplaces, sometimes imparting substantial emotional and financial distress on victims.
At Koron & Podolsky, LLP, our Sherman Oaks attorneys are skilled at advocating the rights those who have been subjected to sex or pregnancy discrimination at work. Effective at helping victims pursue all legally available remedies, our lawyers provide exceptional representation and personalized, responsive legal service through all phases of litigation.
Examples of Workplace Sex & Pregnancy Discrimination
Workplace sex and pregnancy discrimination can occur in various ways, with just some of the more common examples including subjecting a worker, as a result of his or her gender or state of pregnancy, to:
- A demotion
- Layoffs or firings
- A hostile work environment
- Less favorable job duties or work schedules
- Lower pay than non-pregnant workers and/or workers of a different gender.
Additionally, workers should be aware that:
- Failing to hire workers on the basis of their gender or state of pregnancy can constitute sex or pregnancy discrimination.
- Harassers or discriminators can be co-workers, supervisors or even customers.
- Pregnant employees have the right to continue working as long as they are able to carry out their job duties.
- Employers are legally obligated to hold open pregnant women’s jobs for as long as they would hold a job open for an employee who is temporarily disabled. Also, employers are not legally allowed to require women stay on pregnancy leave for any predetermined amount of time following childbirth.
More Important Information about Sex & Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace
- Pregnancy leaves – A female worker who takes a pregnancy leave is permitted to return to her same position within four months. Additionally, female workers are legally entitled to take a pregnancy leave from a job regardless of how long they have worked for an employer or whether they work part or full time.If the pregnancy leave is longer than four months and it is not taken as a CFRA leave2, the employer must respond in the same way as it would if the leave were not related to pregnancy or childbirth.
- Access to benefits – Employers are legally required to provide equal access to benefits for workers, regardless of their gender, state of pregnancy or plans to become pregnant.
- Potential remedies – When sex and pregnancy discrimination cases are successful, the possible damages can include (but may not be limited to) compensation for back pay, lost benefits, front pay, emotional distress, and attorneys’ fees. Punitive damages may also be available in some cases.
Contact a Sherman Oaks Discrimination Lawyer at Koron & Podolsky, LLP
If you have been the target of sex or pregnancy discrimination at work, contact a Sherman Oaks discrimination lawyer at Koron & Podolsky, LLP to find out more about your options for justice. Known as aggressive legal advocates for our clients, our lawyers are exceptional litigators who are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and advancing their interests to help them succeed in their financial recovery.
Call us today at (818) 380-3077 or email us using the contact form on this page for more information about your potential case and how to proceed. From Sherman Oaks, our lawyers provide superior representation to people throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, and the state of California.