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A Guide To Completing Your Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

February 25, 2010  

A Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit is something that may come across in one’s lifetime as an employer or employee. Women occupy an important share of today’s jobs and as such, discrimination may arise due to the fact of simply being a woman. Nevertheless, in most cases, a lawsuit can be considered only as a last measure when other attempts have failed.

Going to court is not always the best solution for the parties involved. Oftentimes, all is needed is communication and a bit of common sense. For instance, if a pregnant woman is unable to do her job at some point during her pregnancy, she can be treated the same way as any other worker who is suffering a temporary handicap.

As a result, the employer satisfies the employee’s needs and is guaranteed to have his valued worker back to work more productive than ever. It is a win-win situation where both parties come out winners. The boss has earned loyalty from his employee and the pregnant worker has her job assured for years to come.

In most cases, an employer doesn’t have to do much to accommodate his female employee. She may continue her normal work activities until the time comes to have her baby. Of course, this all depends on the employee’s work conditions and how it affects the pregnancy. Whichever the case, it is wise to talk about the employee’s condition and if it intervenes with her normal productivity.

In some cases, if a woman’s job is to do some heavy lifting, it may be best for the pregnant woman to take-on a less physically demanding job during the gestation period. It is usually not difficult to accommodate this type of demand in the workplace. There is always something to do that does not require heavy lifting. If not, perhaps she can be assisted in the heavy tasks. The important thing is to not put the pregnancy at risk.

Whatever the situation of an expectant mother, there is always a solution, as long as there is the will to accommodate. Some employers may also propose part-time work or an anticipated pregnancy leave. All these options are left up to the hiring party and its work policies regulated by law, but one must remember that employees also have their say in the matter.

Communication remains the best policy in order to stay way from a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. Find out what legislation says about pregnancy in the workplace and use it, along with your common sense, to state your position. Make a point to keep up-to-date regarding the laws pertaining to these matters.

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