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California Employees Have Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

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Under California law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against or harassing employees who are pregnant. A recent lawsuit filed by a woman against an Orange County clothing store, accuses the company of discriminating against her because of the pregnancy.

According to the lawsuit, the woman had been hired to work on the sales floor of the shop in 2010. She performed so well, that 4 months later she was transferred to another store, where she was trained for the position of assistant manager.

However, everything began to fall apart when she informed her new store manager that she was pregnant. At one point, she had to take leave for a few days from work, because of pregnancy complications. When she came back, her employer suggested that it was possibly time for her to leave her retail position, because of her condition.
Not only that, the woman also got a letter from a physician, advising certain restrictions, pertaining to physical activities. However, the management ignored that letter, and forced her to perform physically strenuous activities, like climbing on ladders, and lifting heavy boxes.

Finally in July 2011, the woman found out that another employee had been given the assistant manager promotion that she had been training for.

She has now filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging discrimination and asking for $15,000 in damages.
Discrimination while you're pregnant can take on a number of forms. In most cases, San Jose employment lawyers find that employees are harassed because they take leave from work during pregnancy, or are looked over when it's time for promotions, even if they are capable of taking on additional responsibilities. In other cases, employers may terminate persons for taking pregnancy leave.

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