Well-Versed Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers in Miami, FL
Let FairLaw Firm Help You Protect Your Rights on the Job
From offensive remarks about their appearance and ability to do their job to unlawful demotions and terminations, many workers across various industries are affected by pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. However, this behavior should not be tolerated. Florida employers do not have the right to ask job applicants if they are married or planning to have a child in the future as a condition of being offered the job. If you believe you have encountered this type of employment discrimination by a current, former, or prospective employer, our pregnancy discrimination lawyers in Miami, FL would be interested in hearing from you. FairLaw Firm is an experienced law firm advocating for equality in the workplace and protecting people’s rights. Please reach out to us today to request a free case evaluation!
You Are Protected Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
According to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) and the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA), employers with 15 or more workers are prohibited from discriminating against pregnant employees. Employers must allow pregnant workers to work as long as they can still perform their expected job duties. Reasonable accommodations should be made to ensure their ability to work. Employers do not have the right to limit or segregate pregnant workers from others, as discrimination with respect to employment terms, conditions, privileges, and compensation is strictly prohibited. State law also allows breastfeeding at any location, whether private or public. Workplace harassment for being pregnant or breastfeeding is unacceptable. Examples of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace include:
- Refusal to hire someone who is pregnant or has just given birth
- Forcing someone to quit or switch jobs due to their pregnancy
- Demoting or firing someone because they are pregnant
- Not providing reasonable job accommodations to a pregnant person
- Harassing someone for being pregnant or breastfeeding
Do Florida Employers Have to Provide Pregnancy Leave?
Florida does not have legislation requiring employers to offer pregnancy leave. However, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act states that employers must provide the same leave benefits to pregnant employees as they offer to employees with short-term disabilities. The National Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ensures companies with more than 50 employees allow at least 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave per year. Pregnancy leave qualifies as FMLA leave as long as you have been with your employer for over a year and have worked at least 1,250 hours. Please note you may be required to use accrued vacation or personal time for some or all of your expected pregnancy leave.
What to Know About Filing Employment Discrimination Claims
Filing employment discrimination claims on your own can be daunting. Claims are usually sensitive to strict time limitations, and many times, these types of cases may involve going to court. Working with an employment attorney specializing in pregnancy discrimination is in your best interest. Claims may be filed with either the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Our workplace discrimination lawyers at FairLaw Firm will keep you advised on the best way to proceed with your claim. Not all claims go to court, but when they do, you can rely on our years of expertise both in and out of the courtroom for your peace of mind.
Why FairLaw Firm Is Poised to Take Your Discrimination Case
Established in 2004, FairLaw Firm has many years of experience handling cases involving employment discrimination. From severance agreements to wrongful termination and general litigation matters, no case is too minor or complex for our talented team to tackle. Employers should be held accountable for their unlawful actions involving discrimination and harassment in the workplace. We are poised to take on your case to ensure that your voice is heard, and your rights are protected. Everything will be explained fully to you in terms you can understand, as we work hard to achieve the best results.
Our Bilingual Attorneys Can Take Your Case All the Way to Court
Are you concerned about pregnancy discrimination in the workplace? Contact FairLaw Firm today for a free initial consultation with our pregnancy discrimination lawyers in Miami, FL. You do not have to feel harassed or taken advantage of by your employer. Our bilingual attorneys offer legal services in English and Spanish and have the resources to take your case all the way to court if need be. Call us today!