In 1978, a corollary to 1964’s Civil Rights Act was passed to extend many of the same protections on to pregnant women. Called the Pregnancy Defense Act (PDA), it requires employers to treat pregnant women the same as any other employee in terms of employment. Basically, pregnant women should not be discriminated against because of their condition. If you find yourself the victim of discrimination as a result of your pregnancy, it behooves you to contact a Discrimination Lawyer in L.A.
The purpose of passing the legislation was simple. Too many pregnant women were being let go, or facing substantive changes to the terms of their employment, simply because they were pregnant. On its face, the PDA was supposed to change that. However, recently there has been a dramatic rise in the number of cases filed under the umbrella of the PDA.
In 2000, there were 4,160 discrimination cases filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. By 2010, that number reached 6,119. Some may point to the growth of the number of women entering the job market, but the jump actually outstrips those numbers.
The heart of the matter may be the bill itself. Pregnancy is a very difficult condition to define. It’s not permanent, and more importantly, it should not be considered a disability. However, attempts to frame it by the United States’ court system usually comes back to an attempt to draw comparisons between medical conditions that men might face; and how those men would be treated.
If you feel you have been subject to a change in your working conditions due to your pregnancy, contact our attorneys in West LA. at Jackson & Associates. We will work with you to hold your employer accountable.