The Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination (EEOC) was established to protect women from being discriminated against by their employers due to pregnancy or events right after childbirth. Every state, including Texas, must follow this federal law and enforce it within their own companies. Unfortunately, the EEOC isn’t something all businesses are following, but how can a woman tell if discrimination is happening to her? Read on to learn more about the EEOC and the signs of discrimination.
For their own good
One of the most common types of discrimination that pregnant will face in the workplace is being denied certain jobs because the employer believes it’s for their own good to avoid being around dangerous situations. Although some pregnant women do ask for certain changes, denying an employee a task for her own safety will never be a good enough reason if that employer is sent to court. This discrimination tactic also applies to women who are planning to become pregnant.
Can an employer ask about pregnancy?
Although your employer cannot ask about pregnancy during or after a job interview, the business may be allowed to ask you if you have accused it of discrimination. The EEOC will likely allow this from an employer as it may want to correct a wrong that it was not aware of.
What about after birth?
There have been cases in which women have faced employment discrimination due to their absences from work. Employers may not like the fact that a woman took a few weeks to recover from childbirth, and thus place these mothers in uncomfortable or unfair positions in efforts to make them quit. Even if the company claims that you quit on your own, you may still have a case against it for discrimination.
Accusing a company of discrimination, especially if it is a large corporation, can be very difficult and complex. Thus, it is important to consult with an attorney as quickly as possible. This may ensure that you receive the guidance you need to obtain justice and compensation.