Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of pregnancy. Coping with employment discrimination during or following pregnancy can quickly turn what is typically one of the most joyful times in life to one of the most stressful. Examples of pregnancy discrimination include, but are not limited to, reducing a woman’s work hours because she is pregnant, giving her less desirable work, changing her job title, description or duties, or terminating her because of her pregnancy. Pregnancy discrimination can also include comments or remarks from employers about the woman’s decision to become pregnant.
Additionally, employers are required to follow New York State and federal laws concerning lactation for breastfeeding mothers. Under these laws, employers are required to provide employees with reasonable accommodations to express milk. Bathrooms, closets, and public areas are among spaces considered unacceptable for lactation accommodations under the law.
Employees should not feel they have to choose between having a baby and having a job. If you believe you may have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, contact Lindy Korn.