Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Pregnancy Discrimination?
Pregnancy discrimination occurs when a woman is fired, not hired, or faces other changes in her employment because of her pregnancy or her intent to become pregnant.
What is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)?
The PDA is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees "on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions."
What should I do if my employer discriminates against me?
You must act quickly. The deadlines for filing a claim are very short. Write down what happened, then contact a lawyer immediately to get legal advice.
What if I cannot afford a lawyer?
Do not worry. If you have a good case, an experienced lawyer will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. You will not pay any legal fees unless you win. In many cases, the employer will be ordered to pay your legal fees.
Protect Your Rights
Write down what happened. Write down the date, time, and place of any comments or incidents as soon as possible. Indicate what was said, who said it, and who else was present. Keep the notes at home.
Contact an experienced employment lawyer immediately. An experienced employment lawyer will review your case and explain your rights in a free consultation.
Keep doing a good job and keep a record of your work. Take home copies of your job evaluations and any letters or memos showing that you are doing a good job.
Get support from family and friends. Discrimination can be stressful. Do not face this alone. Seek out family members and close friends who can provide moral support and comfort.
Do not delay. Whether you resolve the problem with your employer or end up filing a claim, you must act quickly to protect your rights. Getting the process started will also help relieve the stress of uncertainty. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728.