Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney in California

Pregnancy Discrimination in California

California and federal law prohibits pregnancy discrimination in hiring, firing, and in the terms and conditions of employment. California law also guarantees most employees the right to take job-protected pregnancy leave under certain circumstances.

Pregnant women are considered a federally protected class. However, certain employers fail to uphold or protect their rights, and even resort to discriminatory acts against them.

There are instances where you or an employee may face less favorable treatment due to the pregnancy. Additionally, you may be denied leave due to your circumstances. It’s important that you file a claim sooner, and it’s always recommended that you seek legal assistance to see if you have a case.

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What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination is job discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Pregnancy discrimination involves a woman being harassed, discriminated against or treated differently or unfavorably because of her pregnancy. 

What are Some Examples of LGBTQ Discrimination?

  • Refusing to hire an employee because of her pregnancy.
  • Terminating an employee after learning that she is pregnant.
  • Refusing to give a pay raise or promotion to an employee because she is pregnant.
  • Delaying a pay raise until a pregnant employee returns to work after delivering her baby.
  • Assigning a pregnant employee to a less favorable shift or to a less visible position.


In some cases, employers make comments or engage in other behavior that, standing alone, shows pregnancy discrimination. This includes making disparaging remarks about pregnant employees or stereotyping pregnant employees.

Your Rights in California When Facing Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, which amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. 

Contact a Discrimination Attorney in California Now!

If you think you’ve been the victim of pregnancy discrimination, you have the option to file an administrative claim with a government agency. Both the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handle claims for pregnancy discrimination.

However, before you file a claim, speak to a discrimination attorney to file your claim. You do not have to venture through the legal framework alone.

At Soho Law, we care for your rights as an employee and hold employers accountable for any form of discrimination. With offices in California and New York, we work tirelessly and fight for your rights as an employee. Call us now at 310-803-9560 or click here to fill our contact form for a FREE CONSULTATION.