Don’t Tolerate Pregnancy Discrimination

Texas workers have the right to freedom from pregnancy discrimination, which is protected under federal and state laws. Pregnancy discrimination means unfavorable treatment toward an employee because of pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy. This includes discrimination in hiring, firing, promotion, job assignments and other terms and conditions of employment.

At the federal level, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is an amendment to the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It explicitly prohibits sex discrimination based on pregnancy and related issues. Texas laws also indicate that Texans are covered by these federal protections.

At Poncio Law Offices, P.C., in San Antonio, we advise and represent clients who have been discriminated against on the job because of pregnancy or childbirth.

Pregnancy Discrimination Rights And The Texas Labor Code

Texas protects workers from pregnancy discrimination under the Texas Labor Code, with provisions that safeguard pregnant employees from unfair treatment in the workplace. This includes ensuring equal employment opportunities and reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions.

Especially relevant to the later stage of pregnancy, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Pregnancy and childbirth fall under this umbrella. While FMLA leave is typically unpaid, it allows employees to maintain their health benefits and return to their jobs after the leave period.

What To Do After You Have Experienced Discrimination

Employers in Texas are required to comply with these laws and ensure that pregnant workers are treated fairly and without discrimination.

If you have experienced pregnancy discrimination, you should report it to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Filing a complaint and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit against your employer, can help protect your rights and the rights of other workers by holding employers accountable for unlawful discrimination.

Stand Up For Your Employment Rights Regarding Pregnancy

In a broad sense, federal laws, such as the PDA and FMLA, along with Texas state laws, provide essential protections to ensure that pregnant employees are treated fairly and given the necessary accommodations to maintain a healthy work-life balance during pregnancy and after childbirth. At Poncio Law Offices, P.C., we help workers affirm these rights, even if it means taking their employers to court.

Are you facing challenges related to pregnancy while working? We can help you understand your legal rights. Consult with one of our attorneys about your right to a discrimination-free work environment during your pregnancy and when your child is born. Call 210-441-7058 or send an email inquiry to request a consultation.