If you have been fired from your job and you believe it was done because you are pregnant, you may wonder if you have any rights that would allow you to stay employed. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a pregnant woman has the same rights on the job as people with a temporary disability. If you are employed by a company with more than fifteen employees, you are protected by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. There are a few steps you can take after being fired to retain your job if you feel you were discriminated against because of your pregnancy. Here are some tips to follow when fighting for your job.
Get Legal Help Promptly
As soon as you receive word you are no longer needed on the job, call attorneys in your area to find one that will take on your case. An attorney will be able to lead in you in the correct direction in how to proceed in proving your firing was due to your present medical condition. They have the sources to look over past cases similar to your own to help you in this endeavor.
Gather Documented Evidence
Make a list of dates you were unable to perform your job as required due to your pregnancy. If you took time off for doctor's appointments or because you suffered from morning sickness, gestational diabetes, edema, or any other pregnancy related symptom, have the dates listed with the ailment you were suffering from at the time.
If you were treated unfairly while on the job, and you have proof of this via photograph, video, or written document, save this proof to show to your lawyer to help plead your case. You may have been reprimanded by a boss via memo or you may have an irate voicemail from your manager helping to prove you were treated unfairly.
Find Witnesses From Within
If fellow employees had seen your boss treat you differently once they had found out you were pregnant, they may be able to testify in your behalf if your case goes to court. If you were told you could not do certain tasks because of your condition or if your employer tried to make you leave the company on your own, you can use this information against them as well. Ask around to see if any of your friends in the company would be willing to step forward in making a statement about the way you were treated. Check with sales representatives, clients, and vendors as well.
See An Unemployment Advocate
When waiting to find out the outcome of your discriminatory case, you will want to make sure you are compensated monetarily to make up for the lack of a paycheck you are now experiencing. Contact an unemployment advocate to find out what your options are. You may be able to collect disability insurance. The Family Medical Leave Act will protect your rights to receive unemployment benefits if you were fired from your job. An advocate would direct you in how to proceed with forms in obtaining the benefits you need.
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