If a company fails to provide such accommodations to pregnant employees, or unlawfully retaliates against the employee for requesting pregnancy related accommodation or leave, that constitutes illegal pregnancy discrimination.
In Ohio it is illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant employees, or to unlawfully retaliate against employees for taking pregnancy related leaves of absence from their employment. Companies are required to provide pregnancy leave to their employees. Additionally, employers must make other reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace.
Facts About Pregnancy Discrimination
Under Ohio Law, it is an unlawful for your employer to discriminate against you because of your sex. This includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. Women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions must be treated the same for all employment-related purposes as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work. Furthermore it should also be noted that Ohio courts have recognized that an employer need not accommodate pregnant women to the extent that such accommodation amounts to preferential treatment.
Under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), employers are required to give you up to 12 weeks of leave if you have worked for your employer for 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours. However, the FMLA only applies to employers who employ more than 50 employees. For more information about the FMLA, please see the “Family Medical Leave Act” section.
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If you have been harassed or otherwise discriminated against because of your pregnancy, you may be want to consider speaking with an experienced Ohio employment attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against your employer to recover damages for lost wages, emotional distress, as well as punitive damages. Contact us today at (216) 658-6870 to speak with an experienced Ohio discrimination lawyer for a FREE consultation about your case.