Pregnancy Discrimination: What Are Your Rights?

Have you been wrongfully terminated for being pregnant in Houston or have had your rights otherwise discriminated against? The state of Texas has specific laws set in place to protect the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. Under Texas Law, pregnancy is treated as a temporary disability. If you believe that you are being treated in an unfair manner, you should not hesitate to discuss your matter with a member of our Houston law firm, Moore & Associates.

Wrongful Termination for Pregnancy

If you have been terminated and you have reason to believe is it is a result of your pregnancy, there are several points you will need to prove:

  1. You are a member of the protected class
  2. You were qualified for the job which you were discharged from
  3. You were officially discharged
  4. The employer filled the position with a non-pregnant person

The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act does not permit employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate based on pregnancy or childbirth. This includes not being able to fire or discipline an employee for getting pregnant or singling out a pregnant employee with work restrictions based on their pregnant state.

You Have the Right to Reasonable Accommodations

Under Texas law, pregnant employees have the right to be treated in a manner similar to that of other disabled employees. Employers are required to allow for light duty and other job modifications. According to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employees suffering from a pregnancy-related disability should be provided with reasonable accommodations.

In some cases, you may also be entitled to time off work for specific medical concerns related to pregnancy and childbirth. Under the FMLA, employers with 50 or more employees must allow all eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks off of work (unpaid) for maternal leave.

File a Pregnancy Discrimination Claim Today

At Moore & Associates, it is our goal to protect your rights during this process. Our Houston discrimination attorney can fight for you and assist with the filing of your claim. Schedule your case evaluation today!