Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fights Against Pregnancy Discrimination Finally Pay-off

It is quite ironic that a place where anti-discrimination laws were supposed to be advocated, or observed at the very least, becomes the latest place to cuddle discrimination.

Not so long ago, two lady employees of a large law firm (take note law) reportedly became victims of discrimination.

Lady “A” was reportedly “let go” due to what her employers call “downsizing”. While Lady “B” said her salary was severed just before she went on a law sanctioned maternity leave.

Learning well from their boss, the two women are expected to file suits – and they did.

The two women filed suits for gender discrimination against their bosses. Not long after, they won the lawsuits and the judge ruled that the two had been victims of pregnancy discrimination.

The action, and consequently the judgment of the court, is based on the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and pertinent federal laws which prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy, among others, in terms of hiring, firing, demoting, job detailing, etc.

Also, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employees are protected from any and all types of discrimination such as race, color, religion, sex, nationality, etc. And this includes discriminating a woman employee because (1) she became pregnant, or (2) she is expected to get pregnant.

If you, or any of your family member, experience this kind of discrimination, or any discrimination for that matter – it is a must that you speak with a qualified employment law attorney to protect your rights.