Missouri Employment Law Attorneys

Attorney for Pregnancy Discrimination Cases in Missouri

Working with Riggan Law Firm

Riggan Law Firm represents women who have been discriminated against because of pregnancy. Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a woman who is an applicant or employee unfavorably because of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • A medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth

If you are pregnant, then you are protected under law from discrimination in any form, including harassment, sexual or inappropriate comments, teasing, and anything that may exemplify a hostile and offensive work environment or space. This law applies to any employer, supervisor, or fellow employee. A discrimination lawyer from our firm can fight for the compensation you deserve if you've been discriminated against due to pregnancy in Missouri or Illinois.

Your Employment Rights During & After Pregnancy

A pregnant employee who takes leave should be treated the same as any other employee seeking leave. In situations where an employee is temporarily disabled and unable to perform her job due to the pregnancy, the employer must treat the employee the same as he or she would treat any other temporarily disabled employee.

For example, the employer may have to provide modified tasks, alternative assignments, disability leave, or unpaid leave. Likewise, if an employer provides personal leave for other reasons, such as to take courses or other training or to attend to personal affairs, then the employer must grant personal leave to the same extent for care of a new child.

Additionally, employers may not dictate to an employee who has given birth how long she must stay on leave before returning to work. If she is physically capable of performing her job and is willing to return from leave, an employer may not prohibit that.

Filing an Employment Law Claim

Certain pregnant employees who work for a covered employer may have additional rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, eligible employees are entitled to 12 weeks of maternity or paternity leave relating to the birth, adoption, or foster care of a child. To be eligible, the employee must have worked for the employer for 12 months prior to taking the leave, and the employer must have a specified number of employees (50 employees within a 75-mile radius).

The FMLA dictates that an employee who has gone on maternity leave must return to the same salary and benefits as before, as well as the same working conditions. An employer must preserve the employee's position and benefits the same way he or she would preserve it for an individual on sick or disability leave. If you feel that you have been wrongfully harassed or violated in any way, a Missouri discrimination lawyer can help.

Contact Riggan Law Firm to retain a trusted and experienced employment law attorney.

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