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I’m Pregnant. Can my Boss Fire Me?

Although women have come a long way with regard to job protection and discrimination, there are many ways that a pregnant worker can still feel the brunt of unequal treatment. The Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act affords protections, but only applies to employers who have 15 or more employees on staff. The New Jersey state law on discrimination applies to employers with one or more employees.

By law, pregnancy is a protected class in New Jersey. In spite of that fact, an employer may still fire a pregnant worker but not say that it is the pregnancy that is causing the firing. This type of firing under a pretext can be challenged; however it takes time and knowledge to mount a successful lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant worker. A pregnant worker does not have any more rights than any other disabled worker, nor does the pregnant worker have any fewer rights. But protecting those rights can be a thorny path.

Pregnant workers do not have guaranteed paid leave. Nor is insurance reimbursement guaranteed. It is wise for female workers to investigate their workplace policies on leave and insurance coverage prior to needing to use them. Keep copies of the policies and coverage so that you are aware of changes as they are issued.  Sit down with your HR department, ask questions and keep a record of any negative comments.

Contact knowledgeable New Jersey employment lawyers to discuss any issues you may have regarding discrimination in the workplace.

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