Every day presents different employment law issues, including pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Today, a woman came to my office. She had worked for a call center for a short period of time. When she was hired, she was newly pregnant, and didn’t disclose it because she wasn’t showing and feared nobody would hire her. Three months later, she began to show. Well, her employer called her in and berated her for not disclosing her pregnancy to him before hand. He stated that because she was in her probationary period, he was going to fire her because he didn’t want to “deal with all the absence issues” that come along with pregnancy. This employer just violated the law prohibiting pregnancy discrimination. You are not required to disclose your pregnancy during your interview/hiring, and you certainly cannot be fired for being pregnant. We will be seeing this employer in court.
Protecting the Civil Rights of Pregnant Women
- Richard Celler
This employer just violated the law prohibiting pregnancy discrimination.