Pregnancy is something that every woman is looking forward to. Most women say getting pregnant and giving birth give them the true essence of being a woman. But what if your employer would not allow you take a leave even in this memorable part of your life?

If you are pregnant and you want to file a pregnancy leave, there are some things you need to consider. First, you should identify if you have enough reasons to be allowed to take leaves. Under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), an employee is eligible to take a pregnancy leave if:

  • She cannot perform work due to her pregnancy. In this kind of situation where an employee is becoming unproductive because of her condition, the employer would find no other way but to allow her to take a leave.

  • The employee has another disability aside from being pregnant. Pregnant women need additional rest if they have a certain disability or illness.

  • The employee gives a notice of her leave 30 days in advance. If the employee asks permission a month before taking the leave, her employer would be able to make the necessary adjustments to fill her slot and do her tasks.

  • The employee's baby has a serious health condition. If the employee's child has acquired a severe illness, the mother would have the right to stay with him for a certain amount of time.

Once an employee is approved to take a pregnancy leave, here are some of the things she would receive as benefits:

  • Four months of leave can be taken by the employee before or after birth.

  • Companies who offer health insurance policies to their employees may provide financial assistance.

  • Once the employee has returned, she has the right to return to her original job position.

In California, the CFRA prohibits employers who terminate their employees because of medical and pregnancy leaves. If your employer does this to you, seek legal help right away. Ask an employment law attorney to help you file a complaint against your employer. If you win the case, you would receive even more awards and benefits as stated by the court.