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PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

It is illegal under both city, state and federal law for an employer to discriminate against you on the basis of your pregnancy. These laws were established so employees would be judged on their qualifications rather than innate characteristics over which they have no control. If you believe that an employer has terminated you, refused to hire you, disciplined or demoted you because of pregnancy, you should contact the New York pregnancy discrimination attorneys at Fitapelli & Schaffer to schedule a free consultation.

Federal, city and state laws all protect against pregnancy discrimination. Pregnancy discrimination lawsuits arise in many different situations including but not limited to: rude and insensitive comments based on the pregnancy; touching a woman’s stomach while she is pregnant; and questioning the length of a woman’s maternity leave. Both the mother and father are entitled to unpaid maternity leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act if the company employs more than 50 people and the employee has worked for the company longer than one year.

Discrimination claims are difficult to prove because an employer rarely admits to making a decision on the basis of pregnancy. Very often, an employer will take adverse employment actions against you for a seemingly legitimate reason, although discriminatory motive was the real reason for the conduct. In such a situation, you are entitled to demonstrate that your employers’ “legitimate reason” was actually pretext for hiding discrimination.

It is important to have a discrimination lawyer in New York review your case. The New York pregnancy discrimination lawyers of Fitapelli & Schaffer have an expertise of state, city and federal discrimination laws and are prepared to assist you with your pregnancy discrimination claim. Call our attorneys for a free consultation regarding the best course of action to take in pursuit of your discrimination claim.

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