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CA employment lawyerLooking for a new job can be challenging in any circumstances. This is particularly true if you are pregnant. Going to an interview while expecting or with an obvious baby bump can be awkward, but it is important to realize your rights under state employment laws. Employers are prohibited against discrimination against pregnant women, but determining whether you were not hired on this basis can prove challenging. The following outlines your rights in these matters and tips to guide you through the process.

CA Law Prohibiting Pregnancy Discrimination

Discriminatory practices based on pregnancy are prohibited under both state and federal laws. According to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), employers are prohibited from denying you a job that you are otherwise qualified for and able to perform, simply on the basis of your pregnancy.

Once you are on the job, there are varying requirements for maternity leave based on the size of the company you work for:

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pregnancy discrimination, San Jose pregnancy discrimination lawyers, pregnant employee, employment discrimination, temporarily disabled employeePregnant employees in California are afforded a significant amount of legal protection against workplace discrimination. For example, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. In other words, the PDA requires employers to treat pregnant job applicants/employees in the same manner as any other applicant/employee with similar abilities.

Additionally, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides significant protection for pregnant employees, most notably by requiring California employers with 50 or more employees to provide job-protected maternity leave after the birth of a child. However, there seems to be some confusion about California’s pregnancy discrimination in the workplace laws. Consider the following commonly answered questions for further clarification.

Q: What are examples of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?

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A new bill by a group of lawmakers aims to help reduce the risk of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and boost protections for this vulnerable section of the workforce.

Lawmakers have introduced legislation with enhanced protections for pregnant employees, and the initiative comes as a response to a ruling by the Supreme Court.

That ruling allowed a former UPS driver to proceed with her claim against the company. According to her claim, the company discriminated against her by declining her request to be allowed to handle lighter packages, while she was pregnant.

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