The Ramirez Legal Group Is Your

Pregnancy Leave & Discrimination Attorney

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We are an aggressive law firm providing legal help and representation to people located all throughout Southern California with personal injury and employment law matters.

What Kind of Compensation May I Be Entitled To?

If your employer has treated you unlawfully or failed to pay you your full wages, you may be entitled to many different types of damages and more.

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Pregnancy is a protected class under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This means that most employers with 5 or more employees cannot discriminate or retaliate against or harass an applicant or employee on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth. California law also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations, including leave of absence, to pregnant women “if, in the opinion of her health care provider, she is unable because of pregnancy to work at all or is unable to perform any one or more of the essential functions of her job or to perform these functions without undue risk to herself, the successful completion of her pregnancy, or to other persons.”

Pregnancy Disability Leave

In addition to protection against discrimination, California law requires covered employers (generally employers with 5 or more employees) to provide (unpaid) leave of absence for pregnancy disability and for bonding. FEHA’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) applies to most employers that have employed at least 5 employees during the last 20 weeks in a row. It allows employees to take up to 16 weeks off because of disability due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition. This includes: prenatal care, severe morning sickness, doctor- ordered bed rest, childbirth, recovery from childbirth and any related medical condition, postnatal care, bed rest, gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, post-partum depression, childbirth, loss or end of pregnancy, and recovery from childbirth.

Eligibility Limitations

PDL does not allow for time off due to breastfeeding or lactation without medical complications, or for bonding time. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) an the federal Family Rights Act (FMLA) do, however, require covered employers to provide 12-weeks’ worth of leave for eligible employees for bonding with a new child. Eligible employees may request bonding leave under the CFRA or FMLA after any pregnancy disability-related leave is finished, assuming the child has been born by then.

Eligible male employees may also take state and federal protected unpaid leave to bond with a new child, care for a spouse, and for the birth of their child, and may not be discriminated or retaliated against, or harassed for doing so or attempting to do so. This includes reinstating the male employee to the same or comparable position he had when he left for leave.

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