New York State and Federal law guarantees rights to pregnant employees in the workplace. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for any pregnancy-related condition including:
· Occasional breaks to rest or drink water
· A modified work schedule
· Leave for related medical needs
· Light duty assignments, if available
· Transfers away from hazardous duty
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces three specific federal laws that protect the rights of pregnant employees: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before filing a state or federal lawsuit, you must first
Step One: File a Claim with the EEOC
If you are a job applicant or an employee who believes that an employer has discriminated against you because of your pregnancy or your pregnancy-related disability, you can file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC here. Meth Law Offices is experienced in guiding clients through the EEOC claim process. Call now for a free consultation to discuss your case.
Step Two: Receive a Right-to-Sue Notice from the EEOC
After the EEOC closes its investigation after reviewing your claim, it may issue a right-to-sue notice. You may also request a Notice of Right to Sue from the EEOC office investigating your charge if you wish to file a lawsuit in court before the investigation is completed. This notice gives you permission to file a lawsuit in federal or state court.
You may not file a lawsuit in state or federal court without a right-to-sue notice from the EEOC. Meth Law Offices is skilled in gathering the evidence and drafting complaints to the EEOC to ensure a thorough investigation which provides our clients a much better opportunity to receive a right-to-sue notice from the EEOC. For help filing a claim tot he EEOC or questions about your case, call Meth Law Offices.
Step Three: File a Lawsuit Within 90 Days
Once you receive a Right to Sue notice, you must file your lawsuit within 90 days. This deadline is set by law. If you don't file in time, you may be prevented from going forward with your lawsuit. Call Meth Law Offices to prepare your case for filing a lawsuit.
If you or someone you know experienced or are experiencing pregnancy discrimination at work, call Meth Law Offices for a free consultation to discuss your case.