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Did you lose your job because you were pregnant?

In Florida and throughout the United States, federal and state workplace discrimination laws prohibit discrimination against employees who fall under a protected category. Usually, when we think of people who have protected status, we think of minority racial groups, people of foreign origin, women and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. However, did you know that pregnant women are protected to?

It's easy to imagine a very common situation. A woman becomes pregnant, and suddenly she's faced with the fact that she can't do her job anymore. Maybe the woman's job involved lifting heavy objects, and as her pregnancy progresses, she can't do that anymore. Fortunately, this woman does not have to lose her job just because she can't lift heavy boxes anymore.

A pregnant woman's employer is bound by law to offer her an alternative job if she cannot do her job while her pregnancy progressed. In addition, her employer must reserve her job for her, so that -- when she returns to work after taking her leave for childbirth -- she can have the same or equal job that she had before.

In spite of these legal protections, Florida women who become pregnant do not always know their rights. There have been countless cases of women losing their jobs due to pregnancy, without any knowledge that the law supports them in fighting to get their jobs back.

It's time for pregnant women in Florida to learn their rights, and stand up for them. If you have suffered from pregnancy discrimination, a Florida employment law attorney can help you get your job back and/or seek financial compensation for lost wages and other monetary damages you have suffered as a result of pregnancy discrimination.

Source: EEOC, "Pregnancy Discrimination," accessed July 11, 2017

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