Employers may not discriminate against pregnant women. In addition, under the federal Family And Medical Leave act of 1983, employers must provide unpaid job protected leave for qualified employees, including new parents, and employees taking care of other family members, including elderly parents. The law requires that the employer continue health care benefits during the leave, and return the employee to the same job upon return. Despite the fact that this law is more than 30 years old, employers still violate it. Even subtle discrimination, like a change of job duties, can constitute discrimination.
FMLA Laws Dictate Time Off For Those Dealing With Certain Medical Situations
The Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees to take unpaid leave for illness, family illness and pregnancy leave. We protect the rights of employees who have been denied such a leave, or who have been discriminated against because they took a leave.
Family and Medical Leave Act Laws are very specific. Depending on the number of days you have worked for a company, you are entitled to time off for certain medical reasons. These reasons include:
Serious illness of yourself or family member
Birth of a child (both parents are eligible)
Adoption (both parents are eligible)