YOUR RIGHTS IN the WORKPLACE
It’s true; you can find empowerment as a working parent navigating a successful career and a family. While some parents will find exceptional support from their employees, it’s important to know your rights in the instance that discrimination occurs. Individual company policies may vary, but they must abide by federal and state laws. The National Conference of State Legislatures has created a list of State Family Medical Leave Laws as some states have created further protections for parenting individuals.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination by employers based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin. Title VII mandates that employers must treat people equally when hiring, while employed, and through the exit process. This means that a woman cannot be discriminated against simply because of her gender.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. You cannot be fired, laid off, or have your hours cut simply because you are pregnant. Companies are also prohibited from discriminating against hiring an individual based on pregnancy.