Key laws which may impact your rights include:
- Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) Act: This California law provides up to four months of unpaid leave for employees who are disabled due to pregnancy-related conditions including severe morning sickness, prenatal care, childbirth, recovery from childbirth and other related medical conditions. The PDL applies to employers with five or more employees.
- California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The CFRA is a state law, whereas the FMLA is a federal law. Each provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child. This time can be used to bond with the child. It is not necessary that the mother or child have a health problem. The FMLA and CFRA apply to employers with 50 or more employees.
Employers who fail to comply with state and federal leave laws may be held liable for damages. If your employer has violated your rights, we can help.
- You may not be discharged from your employment for taking pregnancy leave.
- Your employer is required to make reasonable accommodations if you are pregnant. Such accommodations may include placement in a less strenuous position if you have a doctor’s recommendation.
- Your employer should provide time and space for lactation.
- You have a right to be reinstated to your previous position or a substantially equivalent position after you return from leave (provided you return timely in accordance with leave laws).
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