Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
and Pregnancy Discrimination Claims
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides great protection for employees. Many employees are entitled to a period of unpaid leave from their jobs to care for sick children or parents, spend time with an infant after childbirth, or recover from medical treatment. Unfortunately, some workers run into problems when they try to take advantage of these rights.
Pregnant women especially have a difficult time. Employers are often reluctant to hire them, and sometimes they are not allowed to return to work following a period of maternity leave. Pregnant women and new mothers may encounter difficulties concerning sick leave, vacation time, or health insurance benefits.
Some employers seem to think that they can lower their health insurance costs by denying fair employment conditions to people with newborn children, family members with serious medical conditions, or other circumstances that don't seriously affect their value as workers. We're here to remind these employers that such conduct may be unlawful.
If you have experienced unfair treatment for taking medical leave or if you've encountered pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, contact us at 606.325.0000.
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