When many people think of discrimination, they often think of racist acts against people of color. However, discrimination can come in many forms and affect people from all walks of life. As a woman, you may have anticipated some sexist talk in your place of employment or expected to have to work harder to prove yourself to your male colleagues. You may not have anticipated, however, facing mistreatment after announcing your pregnancy.
You undoubtedly wanted the news of your pregnancy to go over with joyous reactions from those you told. As a result, you may have felt more than a little put out when the smile slid off your employer’s face and you received an underwhelming reaction. At first, you may not have thought it would go much further than that, but now, you wonder if your pregnancy has affected how your employer treats you.
Are you facing pregnancy discrimination?
Your pregnancy may not have affected your job much in the beginning, but as it progressed, you may have needed certain accommodations in order to continue doing your job effectively. If your employer refuses to provide those accommodations, you may wonder whether that is fair. If your requests would cause undue hardships on the company, your employer has a legal right to refuse. However, if you do not receive the same considerations that any other temporarily disabled employee would, your employer may be discriminating against you.
Illegal treatment can come in other forms as well, including the following:
- Your employer reprimands you for taking time off work for doctor appointments.
- Your employer makes you continue doing tasks that could put your health or your unborn baby’s health at risk.
- Your employer demotes you for no valid reason.
- Your employer no longer considers you for a promotion.
- Your employer terminates you from your position entirely.
- Your employer makes you go on leave even though you can continue doing your duties, with or without accommodation.
- Your employer withholds benefits or otherwise treats you illegally because you are having a child out of wedlock.
Any of these issues could have a serious effect on your career and your advancement opportunities.
What can you do?
If you believe that your employer has violated anti-discrimination laws, you may want to explore your legal options. It may be in your interests to pursue a legal claim against your employer in order to seek compensation for damages resulting from the discriminatory action. Discussing your situation with an experienced employment law attorney in Colorado could help you navigate this process.