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Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Rights and Benefits for Employees

By Edited Feb 10, 2014 0 0

If you are a pregnant employee, you are entitled to several rights and benefits under Pregnancy Discrimination Act. It protects you against discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and childbirth conditions.

Employers must treat pregnant employees the same way with other employees with disabilities. Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from refusing to grant employment opportunities to pregnant and new mothers as long as she meets job qualifications.

Employers are also prohibited from requiring a pregnant or new mother to undergo special procedure if the company does not require it for other employees.

If the pregnant employee cannot perform her work duties because of her condition, the employer may modify her job responsibilities or schedule. The employer must treat a pregnant employee the same way with disabled employees.

The employer cannot simply terminate the employment of a pregnant employee. The employer must allow the pregnant employee to work as long as she can meet the demands of her job.

The employer cannot force a pregnant employee to go on leave until recovery from childbirth. The pregnant employee is entitled to resume her post until her medical condition progresses.

Pregnant employees are entitled to have the same benefits with disabled employees.

If the company has existing group health insurance policy, the pregnant employee may avail of its benefits. State insurance coverage may also apply if the company has no group health insurance benefits.

If medical procedure requires abortion to save the life of the mother, health coverage will still apply. Reimbursement for medical expenses is allowed. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act stipulates equal treatment and benefits for spouses of male and female employees.

All benefits and rights are given to all employees regardless of marital status. Pregnant employees are also entitled to leave and sick leaves on top of pregnancy benefits.

Pregnant employees should not be discriminated on the hiring, retention, and promotion process. She is also entitled to salary pay for a certain number of weeks depending on the years of service and quality of contribution for the company.

You need to file an application for pregnancy leave and have your human resource manager process the requirements for health coverage. You will have to present medicate certificate of your pregnancy and comply with insurance documents.

You may allow one week of waiting until your application has been approved. You will start receiving weekly allowance in equivalent to your basic weekly salary. You may receive up to 80% of your equivalent salary depending on your employment status. Percentage will differ as the week progresses.

If you are discriminated on the basis on your pregnancy, consult with a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles to help you file a lawsuit.



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